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If your toenails have significantly changed in appearance, shape, texture, or smell over the past few weeks or months, they could be affected by toenail fungus. One of the latest treatment options available for patients who have chronic cases of toenail fungus is laser therapy. This non-invasive, highly effective solution is available from a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, area.
Toenail Fungus Symptoms
When healthy, a toenail is flesh-colored, smooth, hard, and firmly attached to the nail bed. Here are a few symptoms of what may be a toenail fungus problem:
- Yellow, brown, green, or chalky white nail color.
- Toenails become thick, brittle, and flake or shed.
- And unbearable itching sensation around and beneath the nail.
- An unusual odor that you can smell in your socks or shoes.
- In advanced cases, the nail starts to lift from the nail bed.
In some cases, patients can get rid of the fungus by using topical creams or sprays. But some patients have chronic cases that either persist for long periods of time or come back soon after the toes are treated. A foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, and Indianapolis area can treat stubborn cases more effectively with laser toenail fungal treatment. The laser sends a beam of light energy to the nail, eliminating the fungus. Healthy nails begin to grow, replacing the infected parts.
Keeping Your Toenails Healthy
Toenail fungus grows due to certain repeated behaviors and activities. These are a few ways you can avoid having a problem with toenail fungus in the future:
- Wear flip-flops when you walk poolside and dry your feet as well as your body before you relax in the sun. Be sure to shower, rinse, and dry your feet completely after pool-time.
- Do not use publish showers without wearing protective footwear.
- Spray the inside of your shoes and sneakers with your anti-fungal spray.
Get Help Treating Your Toenails
If you’ve tried at-home therapies to get rid of toenail fungus and nothing is working, get help from a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, or Indianapolis, IN, area. Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office to set a date to see Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.
Having toenail fungus can make you self-conscious of wearing certain shoes or going barefoot and even become painful and cause further problems over time. In the past, toenail fungus treatments relied on topical and oral medications. However, thanks to advances in medical technology, laser treatment for toenail fungus can be an efficient and fast treatment, especially when used alongside other anti-fungal treatments. Learn more about laser therapy for toenail fungus with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy uses a special wand attached to a machine to emit laser light pulses. The light heats the fungus and kills its cells, leaving the surrounding healthy tissues unharmed. Unlike topical treatments applied to the nail, the light easily penetrates the toenail and reaches down to the nail’s bed and the skin underneath. Traditional treatments can take months before the patient sees results.
What is the laser therapy procedure like?
First, the patient finds a comfortable position on a treatment table. The podiatrist aims the wand’s laser end at the affected toenail and moves it along the nail, maneuvering it over its surface with up and down motions. The procedure is not painful and has no side effects other than slight soreness afterward in some patients. Most laser therapy sessions take only a few minutes, allowing patients to go back to their daily lives after their appointment.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Toenail Fungus in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is often used alongside oral or topical anti-fungal medications. Medicated nail polish and cream are popular choices in treating toenail fungus. In severe cases of toenail fungus, your doctor may suggest removal of the toenail from the nail bed. Dr. Agricola can help you understand these procedures and determine which one is the best for you and your toenails.
For more information on laser therapy for toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Agricola today!
Find out how to prevent toenail fungus from affecting your healthy feet.
Fungus is all around us, but many people can go their whole lives and never have to deal with a toenail fungal infection. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. If you are prone to these infections and are looking to prevent them from happening in the future, then follow these helpful hints from the office of your Indianapolis foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.
Don’t wear the same shoes all the time
Whether a running session left your feet sweaty or you got caught outside in the rain, if your shoes are still damp, then don’t wear them! In fact, you should be alternating between shoes all the time to reduce your chance of a toenail fungal infection. You might be surprised to hear that even wearing the same shoes two days in a row could put you at risk. Also, remember to put damp or wet shoes out in the open so they can properly air-dry.
Choose breathable socks
You want air to be able to reach your feet even when they are in socks and shoes. Making sure that air can circulate will also reduce your chance of an infection. Choose breathable shoes (for instance, those made from leather) and socks (synthetic materials can wick away sweat), and talk to your Indianapolis podiatrist about which shoes and socks are best for your feet.
Trim your nails properly
It might sound strange, but there is actually a bad way to trim your toenails. The next time you pick up those clippers, remember to cut your nails straight across rather than at an angle, and never trim too far (the toenail should line up with the tip of the toes). If you need help trimming your toenails, then your Indianapolis podiatrist can help.
Protect feet in public areas
When going to public pools, gym showers, and locker rooms, you’ll want to wear shoes that protect your feet from these moist environments. They can be breeding grounds for some pretty nasty fungus, so keep those flip flops on as you walk around the community pool.
Clean shoes regularly
Even when you aren’t wearing the same shoes for days in a row, you may still want to consider using an antibacterial spray in your shoes. Also, wash socks in hot water to kill any fungi. For added protection, use antifungal powder on your shoes and socks before wearing them. This will be particularly helpful during hot days when feet sweat more.
If you are currently dealing with a fungal infection and over-the-counter treatments aren’t alleviating your symptoms, then it’s time you turned to your Indianapolis podiatrist for help. We are here to address all of your foot care needs. Turn to Prestige Podiatry to keep your feet healthy and happy!