Permian Basin Foot and Ankle
Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Board Certified Podiatrist located in Odessa, TX & Midland, TX
Getting a fungal nail infection on your toenails can cause you to stop wearing sandals and going barefoot to avoid the embarrassment of showing your thick, yellowing nails. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, podiatrists Justin Brown, DPM, Jordan Womack, DPM and their team offer laser toenail treatment using the state-of-the-art Nexus® laser. To find out if you’re a candidate, call Permian Basin Foot and Ankle or book your appointment online at any of the three locations today.
Laser Toenail Treatment
What does laser toenail treatment treat?
Laser toenail treatment is a noninvasive treatment for toenail fungus, a condition that causes your nails to become thick, discolored, and more breakable. You can get nail fungus on your fingernails or your toenails, but toenail fungus is more common.
Even though they’re usually painless, toenails infected with fungus can be unsightly and take on a foul odor. In some cases, your thickening nails can feel uncomfortable.
You should consider visiting Permian Basin Foot and Ankle for laser toenail treatment if you’ve already tried home care, like over-the-counter antifungal products and diligent nail grooming. Make sure to tell the team about your symptoms and when they began. They can answer all of your questions and help you decide if laser toenail treatment is necessary in your case.
How does laser toenail treatment work?
Right before your laser toenail treatment, the team cleans your feet. They set the Nexus® laser to a safe wavelength that won’t damage the skin around your affected toenails. Then, they shine the laser light onto your toenail fungus. The light delivers energy to the fungus, which turns into heat and kills it. The heat also sterilizes the nail bed to prevent new fungus from growing.
Depending on the severity of your toenail fungus, you might need more than one laser treatment session.
After the treatment, your nails continue to grow, and you can trim away the thick and discolored fungal areas as they do. It can take several months to grow nails that are entirely clear of the fungal infection. The regrowth after a laser toenail fungus treatment restores the natural shape, color, and texture of your toenails.
How can I prevent toenail fungus from regrowing?
After a laser toenail treatment, you’ll want to avoid getting another infection. Thankfully, toenail fungus is easy to prevent with the following steps:
- Washing your feet
- Keeping your feet dry
- Wearing sandals at the pool and in public showers
- Wearing shoes with breathable materials
- Disinfecting your nail clippers and other maintenance tools
- Grooming your nails regularly
- Avoiding nail polish and fake nails on your toenails
Taking these steps can also prevent athlete’s foot, another type of fungal infection that commonly affects your feet. If you have a compromised immune system, infections like these can spread to other parts of your body.
To find out more about toenail fungus and laser toenail treatments, call Permian Basin Foot and Ankle for a consultation or book your visit online today.