Laser treatment is among the most popular therapies for skin smoothening and hair reduction, but it can actually be used for treating stubborn onychomycosis or toenail fungus.
Here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN, offices, our foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, uses laser therapy for treating persistent toenail fungal infections.
How Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Works
The device used for laser toenail fungus therapy emits laser energy pulses that generate heat. When used for treating toenail fungus, the heat will be directed to the affected toenail so it can reach the fungus in the nail bed, which is where it thrives. The infected tissue will then be gasified and then decompose, killing the fungal infection.
The Results of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Some individuals see great results with just one laser treatment, while others may need extra sessions depending on their specific results. Obvious signs that the treatment is working include:
- The disappearance of flaky debris on the infected nail
- Resolution of brown, white, or yellowish discoloration in the infected toenail
- Normal texture and shape of new toenail growth without the modified shape, bumps, or thickness
- Resolution of onycholysis, which happens when the toenail detaches from the nail bed
A session of laser treatment for toenail fungal infection usually lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Toenail fungal infections typically need a couple of laser sessions with your foot doctor in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office before completely going away. Additionally, depending on the severity of the toenail fungus and your specific circumstances, it might take about six months to 18 months of laser treatment to experience the full effects of the treatment.
Need More Information on Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment? Talk to Us
Schedule a visit with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry. Dial (317) 881-0070 to reach our Indianapolis, IN, office or (317) 846-4111 to reach our Carmel, IN, office.
Have you ever consulted a podiatrist? You should because your feet and ankles are really complex. They take you everywhere, play sports, allow you to work and more. At Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, our podiatrist is Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. He treats kids to seniors and everyone in between, helping them stay on their feet, enjoying the daily activities they love.
Feel, look and function
So, how are your feet today? If they hurt, look different in terms of color or configuration or can't easily bear your weight and carry you through the day, see your podiatrist in his Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) reports that 77 percent of American adults have had some type of foot discomfort, injury or other condition. However, only a third of that number sees a foot doctor about the problem.
Podiatrists are fully trained in all diseases and deformities of the foot and ankle. They take special care of diabetics who frequently have impaired circulation, nerve function and wound healing in their feet and ankles. Plus, podiatrists know all about footwear, shoe inserts, and other ways to help you walk comfortably and efficiently.
Finally, a podiatrist such as Dr. Agricola knows the wear and tear sports cause. Whether you're an amateur athlete or a professional, he can help you optimize your foot function, avoid injury, train efficiently and heal problems that arise as you play your favorite game.
When should you come to Prestige Podiatry?
We encourage you to come twice a year if you are diabetic. Preventive care is critical to your well-being and could prevent wounds, or ulcerations. Also, see us if you:
- Have foot or ankle pain which persists beyond a day or two
- Have ingrown toenails, corns, calluses or wonder if a bunion is forming
- Begin a new sport
- Have fungal toenails or Athlete's foot which just goes on and on
Dr. Agricola will examine you, watch how you walk, discuss your symptoms and formulate a treatment plan focused on your specific needs and desired outcomes. He approaches most problems conservatively at first and suggests more complex treatments, such as surgery, when other strategies don't help.
Come see us
At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola and his staff know feet. They can help you maintain your podiatric health. For a personal consultation or help with a specific issue, call our Indianapolis office at (317) 881-0070. For the Carmel, IN, location, phone (317) 846-4111.
Lots of people experience ankle and foot pain that doesn’t need surgical intervention. If you think might need surgery for your pain, however, an evaluation with your podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, or Carmel, IN, is a must.
The goal of surgery is to manage whatever injury or foot deformity you may have to help ensure the best possible outcomes and get you moving without pain. Together, you and your podiatrist in Indianapolis can determine a plan going forward. In the meantime, below are some simple guidelines that can help you evaluate your eligibility for surgery.
You Have Ankles and Feet That are Susceptible to Injury
Since your ankles and feet bear the weight and support the impact of your entire body, they're injured fairly easily. Spraining, twisting, and fracturing these body parts are very common due to strenuous physical activity, wearing high-heeled or ill-fitting footwear, or even a misstep or trip.
Additionally, once a tendon or ligament has been damaged, they become loose and more susceptible to future injury. But while ankle and foot injuries are surprisingly common, they’re more common in athletes. You'll want to talk to your podiatrist Indianapolis if you're worried about an injury. Both offices in Indianapolis and Carmel IN are available to help.
Warning Signs That You Might Require Surgical Intervention
- Constant heel pain
- Chronic ankle and foot pain
- Pain that makes you limp and/or pain when you move
- An overly-huge bunion, advanced hammertoe, neuroma, or bone spur, that’s causing pain and walking difficulties
- Pain during intense physical activities
- Joint redness, warmth, and swelling
- Intense tenderness on the joint whenever pressure is applied to it
- Increased swelling and pain, especially when getting up in the morning, and/or after resting or sitting
- You have advanced osteoarthritis, posttraumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, go to your podiatrist in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office for a comprehensive evaluation of your case. Depending on your specific condition and symptoms, you might need ankle arthroscopic injury, hammertoe surgery, a bunionectomy, or something else. Keep in mind that your ankles and feet shouldn’t cause you pain so if you’re feeling pain in these areas, get it checked right away by your podiatrist Indianapolis.
Wondering If You Need Foot and Ankle Surgery? Speak to Us
Arrange an assessment with your podiatrist here at Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Call our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 or our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.
Bunions don’t grow overnight and tend to develop very slowly. Mainly, pressure on our big toe results in it leaning towards the second or adjacent toe. Gradually, the bone’s normal structure changes and causes a bunion to form. This bump or deformity would increase in size gradually and then make it very painful for you to walk or even wear shoes.
Fortunately, you can alleviate pain from bunions and prevent them from worsening with home treatments and help from your podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, in our Indianapolis, IN, or Carmel, IN, office.
Invest in Comfortable and Supportive Footwear
Combat pain with comfort by investing in shoes that will be able to fully support your feet. Primarily, you should avoid shoes with heels and narrow toe boxes. Although they might look cute, these kinds of shoes will reinforce your big toe’s misalignment, resulting in your toe angling towards the neighboring toe. In addition, shoes that you wear for playing sports, training, or exercising should also fit properly and support your feet when you move.
Talk to Your Podiatrist About Orthotics
Orthotic devices are prescribed and customized by your podiatrist in our Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office. These are very effective in regulating weight distribution to help decrease the pressure on your big toe, where your pain is coming from. Remember, easing pain and delaying the progression of your bunion is your goal.
Orthotics likewise help slow down a bunion’s progression since they stabilize the joint of the big toe and other bones in your affected foot. Take note though that when the time comes that orthotics and home treatments fail to keep your pain in check, you may need to undergo bunion surgery or bunionectomy.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Crucial
Are you aware that approximately that up to three times your body’s weight goes right into each step you take? So unless you plan on not walking entirely, being overweight will aggravate your already irritated big to joint. But if you keep your weight in check, you could significantly reduce the pressure on your toe to reduce inflammation, and in turn, swelling and pain.
So you see, living with bunions is manageable with the right treatments. And while these won’t get rid of your bunion, they could really help prevent its progression. For persistent bunion pain, other treatments or surgery may be needed.
For Advice or Concerns About Bunions, We Can Help
Arrange a consultation with your podiatrist here at Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, by calling our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 or our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.
What are fallen arches, and could it be the cause of your foot pain?
Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a common problem that you may not even realize you have. Even if you have flat feet, if you aren’t experiencing problems then you probably won’t need treatment; however, if you are experiencing foot, leg or hip pain then you may want to turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for treatment.
What problems can flat feet cause?
It’s possible that you could have flat feet but not experience any problems. If so, then you won’t need to treat the problem; however, many people with fallen arches will experience tired, achy and painful feet, often around the heels and arches of the foot. Sometimes the soles of the feet may even become swollen.
If problematic flat feet aren’t properly treated and cared for then pain may radiate to the back and legs. If you are experiencing these warning signs of flat feet then it’s time to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor for treatment.
What can a podiatrist do?
When you come into the office, we will examine your feet to determine if flat feet is causing your symptoms. We will also ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing to determine whether additional testing may be required. Every patient has different needs and experiences of different types and severities of symptoms. By understanding how your flat feet are affecting your day-to-day routine and habits we will be able to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The main goal of flat feet treatment is to help you find effective solutions to help you manage your pain. Some treatment options may include,
- Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
- Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Special shoes
Do you find yourself massaging your sore, achy feet every day? If you are having trouble managing your foot pain, then it’s time to call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry. Call our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111 or our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070.
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