Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
Over the past several years Dr. Perlstein has had many patients come into the office asking what they can do about their thick, ugly and yellow toenails. They are embarrassed when their toes are exposed and wondering what can be done to eliminate the problem. Unfortunately, toenail fungus causes discoloration, brittle or crumbly nails, and is not usually painful.
How Does Toenail Fungus Happen?
Toenail fungus, also called Onychomycosis, can occur from a few ways, which includes injury, the chemical in nail polish and poor circulation. Sometimes topical or oral medication will help to eliminate the fungus, but it can be really hard to treat and can take months, or even longer. If you do not treat the fungus it can spread to other toenails and lead to painful ingrown toenails.
How Dr. Perlstein Can Help Your Toenail Fungus
Dr. Perlstein has been using a new laser procedure called PinPointe™ FootLaser. It is the first and only clinically proven laser device available. It treats chronic toenail fungus infections. Also, the patented laser technology kills toenail fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The treatment has been available since September 2008.
How the Procedure Works
The PinPointe™ FootLaser procedure is not painful, has no side effects and does not require anesthesia. What happens during the procedure is the laser beam is spread over the entire surface of the nail and nail bed. The laser light passes through the toenail and kills all of the fungus that’s in the nail bed. The laser light does not cause damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. When the nail grows out, the new nail is going to look nice and clean. You will not see a difference after the procedure, but over a period of several months your nails will get nicer and nicer. The procedure takes less than an half an hour in Dr. Perlstein’s office and you are able to walk out of the office right afterward.
If you are interested in PinPointe™ FootLaser treatment, call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Perlstein. He can evaluate your specific foot condition and help you decide if this treatment is the best for your toenail fungus.
How to Prevent Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus can occur again, even with proper treatment. It’s important that you help keep your toenails healthy and free of fungus. Below are some preventative methods to help ensure you do not have to deal with this unsightly condition again.
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly – especially between your toes.
- Clip your toenails regularly and make sure you cut them straight across.
- Wear synthetic socks because they can keep your feet dryer than wool or cotton socks. Also, change your socks regularly and let shoes air out.
- While in public places – especially in showers or pools – wear shower sandals.
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Dr. Michael Perlstein’s podiatry office is located at 4414 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. He serves patients throughout the greater New York City area, including those residing in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Dr. Perlstein’s office is open Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday.