Have your toenails lost their luster? Have they left you afraid and embarrassed to leave the house in sandals or walk around barefoot? Trust us: you’re not alone.
Fungal toenail infections are very common and can happen to people of any age or gender. Often they begin as a small white or yellow dot near the tip of the nail, but as the fungus spreads the entire nail may become dull, dark, yellowish, thickened, crumbly, brittle, or even distorted and warped in shape.
Fungal nails don’t go away on their own, and the effectiveness of traditional treatments was mixed at best. But now there’s a better solution, and we have it right here at Sierra Foot & Ankle: the PinPointe FootLaser. Wouldn’t it be nice to love your toenails again? You can!
How It Works
The PinPointe FootLaser not only beautifies your nails but also eradicates the fungus living under the nail. This state-of-the-art technology was in development for about 20 years. Clinical studies began in 2007, with FDA approval granted in 2010.
The laser beam used by the device passes right through the thick, hardened nail and targets the hungry dermatophytes underneath. The wavelength of the beam is tailored precisely so that it kills the fungi without harming any of your body’s own surrounding cells. At worst you might feel a gentle warming sensation or slight pinprick; for most everyone the process is completely painless.
A single session lasts about 30 minutes, after which you walk right out and return to home, work, or other daily activities—no downtime required. Some patients only need one session; more serious cases might need follow-up.
You may notice some aesthetic improvement right away. However, it’s important to remember that even after the fungus has been killed, the damaged portions of the nail will still remain until it grows out and new, healthy nail replaces it.
Why Laser Is Better than Traditional Treatment
Before lasers entered the scene, the typical treatment course for fungal toenails required weeks of taking prescription antifungal pills. Many providers who don’t yet have laser technology still must rely on these older methods.
Unfortunately, oral antifungals have many drawbacks. The worst is that they can cause serious side effects, from rashes and nausea all the way to liver damage. They aren’t appropriate for anyone with congestive heart problems or liver disease, and even healthy people often need occasional blood tests during treatment to ensure their safety. And for all that trouble, they just don’t work that well, with a relatively high failure rate especially for those over 65.
By comparison, the PinPointe FootLaser is faster, has no side effects, and is more effective. If you want to get your beautiful toenails back with the best possible results and the minimum possible fuss, it’s a no-brainer.
Get the Facts
If you’d like to learn more about fungal toenails and the PinPointe FootLaser procedure, stop by our office and pick up a brochure, or request a FREE copy of Dr. Melhuish’s book, Love Your Toenails and we’ll mail it to you! The book includes helpful tips on treatment and prevention.
To start the process of loving your toenails again, please give Sierra Foot & Ankle a call today at (775) 783-8037.