Laser treatment is a growing solution for the unsightly condition called onychomycosis. Onychomycosis refers to a fungal infection of the nail. It is the most common disease of the nails and constitutes about a half of all nail abnormalities. This condition may affect toenails or fingernails. There are four types of onychomycosis. The most common form is distal subungual onychomycosis, which invades the nail bed and the underside of the nail plate. White superficial onychomycosis is caused by fungal invasion of the superficial layers of the nail plate. Proximal subungual onychomycosis is fungal penetration of the newly formed nail plate through the proximal nail fold. Lastly, Candidal onychomycosis is the invasion of the fingernail, usually occurring in persons who frequently immerse their hands in water.

The most common symptoms of a fungal nail infection include thickening and discoloration (white, black, yellow, or green) of the nail. As the infection progresses the nail can become brittle, with pieces breaking off or separating away from the toe or finger completely. If untreated, the skin can become inflamed and painful underneath and around the nail.

At Paradigm Podiatry we are have been successfully utilizing the NaturaLase 980 to eradicate this common podiatric condition. This versatile laser system allows practitioners to deliver some of the most exciting new procedures in laser medicine. Laser leg vein treatments, ablation of warts, and aesthetic treatment of toes and feet are all available with the NaturaLase 980.

980 Diode lasers have been used for a variety of applications in a variety of offices. Applications include Laser Lipolysis, Vascular Lesions, Endovenous Vein Therapy, Laser Surgery; and most important to our practice, the NaturaLase 980 laser can perform podiatric laser treatments for toes and feet.

The NaturaLase 980 is FDA approved. With the use of this laser, tiny pulses of light pass through the nail, surrounding tissue, and the fungus underneath. The laser light causes the pigment in the fungus to heat and kill or damage the fungal organism. The fungus is eradicated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the treatment take?
Each treatment is different; however the a session can take up to 30 minutes depending on the treatment sites involved.

Is the treatment painful?
The laser only targets the infected areas and should have no effect on normal tissue. Patients treated with laser for fungal infections should not experience pain before or after treatment.

How many treatments will I require?
Every case of onychomycosis is different. The number of treatments required for each nail will depend on the size of the affected area and the on-going response to treatment.

Can my fungal nail infection return once it is resolved with treatment?
Unfortunately, laser treatment is not a permanent cure. Fungal infections grow in the pores of the toenail, and laser therapy is only part of an overall plan to keep your feet healthy. We recommend making lifestyle changes as well as using topical medications prescribed by the doctor, to keep infections from returning.