Now available at the Foot & Ankle Centers is a Laser Treatment for nail fungus and warts.

What to expect...

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The laser treatment option provides safe light energy that painlessly irradiates fungus and/or warts, killing them without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin.  In the case of nail fungus, no change will be seen until the nail begins to grow out.  In a few months, you can expect to see a more normal nail.  Your visit will be outpatient and convenient in our doctors' office, and consultation and treatment will take about 30 minutes.  With the doctor's recommendation, this treatment option is FDA-approved, painless, risk-free, affordable and eliminates the need for dangerous medications.  Also in our office is our nail technician (a registered nurse) offers post-treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection at our Medical Foot Spa.  Medical pedicures and manicures are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions...

What is nail fungus?

A fungus is an organism that lives in warm, moist areas.  Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older.  Toenail fungus often begins as an infection called tinea pedis (athletes foot).  Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration.

Is the Laser Treatment painful?

There is no need for anesthesia or painkillers.  Some patients may experience slight warmth or an occasional snapping sensation during the procedure.  The laser light passes through the toenail without damaging the surrounding skin.

Does the Laser Treatment work?

Studies show that the FDA-approved fungal laser treatments clear the nail of fungus as well or better than oral medications that require blood tests and have a variety of side effects.  The benefit of laser care is that only one treatment is required for most patients.

Is this covered by my insurance?

Because this procedure is considered cosmetic in nature, health insurance does not provide coverage.  However, we are able to offer the procedure at a substantial savings to our patients, compared to other local providers.  You can also ask your employer if Flex-Spending or Health Savings accounts can be used.

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