Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC
Roderick C. Hunter Jr., DPM, MS
Foot & Ankle Specialist located in Plano, TX
If you’re living with toenail fungus, laser nail therapy provides a safe, effective treatment option to prevent further damage. At Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates in Plano, Texas, expert podiatrist Roderick Hunter Jr., DPM, AACFAS, proudly offers laser nail therapy to people of all ages. To learn more about this cutting-edge treatment, request a laser nail therapy consultation today, by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
Laser Nail Therapy
What is laser nail therapy?
Laser nail therapy is an FDA-approved, state-of-the-art treatment used to safely eradicate toenail fungus. There are several types of laser treatments available. Some use carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers while others use specific wavelengths of light.
Toenail fungus is resilient. As a result, Dr. Hunter usually recommends a series of laser nail therapy appointments spaced a few weeks apart. Depending on the severity of your fungal infection, treatment can take up to six months or even a year.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
The symptoms of toenail fungus vary from person to person. Common telltale signs include:
- Yellow or brown nails
- Flaky debris under your nails
- Detachment of the nail from the nail bed
- Thickening of the nails
- Changes in the texture of your toenails
If you have toenail fungus, you might also notice an unpleasant odor emanating from your nails when you take off your socks or shoes.
Is laser nail therapy safe?
Laser nail therapy is safe and well-tolerated. It also has a proven track record of success. Clinical studies show that laser treatment partially or totally clears nail fungus symptoms in over 50% of people. It’s possible for nail fungus to reappear following laser treatment, but it’s rare.
How does laser nail therapy work?
Laser nail therapy involves Dr. Hunter pointing a special, handheld laser device at your infected toenails. The laser device emits pulses of energy that cause your nails and surrounding skin to heat up. The heat envelops the fungus, causing the microbes to die.
The laser pulses during treatment to minimize discomfort and help prevent bleeding. Following laser nail therapy, Dr. Hunter wraps your toes and gives you a list of recovery instructions.
Depending on the severity of your fungal infection, he might also prescribe a round of oral antifungal medication.
Am I a good candidate for laser nail therapy?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for laser nail therapy, make an appointment at Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates.
Following an exam of your toes and toenails, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Hunter can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
That said, if you’ve tried various over-the-counter treatments for nail fungus and haven’t seen an improvement, you’re probably a good candidate for laser nail therapy.
Don’t let toenail fungus affect your confidence or mobility. Request an appointment at Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
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