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When you’re feeling lousy or have inexplicable pain, not knowing the reason behind it can make the discomfort seem that much worse. However, before you fall into the paranoid well of online diagnosis, allow us—the professionals—the chance to answer your questions and relieve your concerns. Our extensive knowledge and experience with all types of foot-related problems not only can help you understand your pain, but also can convince you to get the proper treatment. Come see what we have to offer.

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  • Will the nail fungus come back after Laser Therapy?

    Your nail infection should improve following treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection as advised by your doctor. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment, for example, in damp areas such as public swimming pools. Certain medical conditions can make re-infection more likely such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.  

  • Are there any clinical studies for Laser Therapy?

    Traditional treatments such as nail trimming, topical medicine, oral medicine or nail removal have significant drawbacks. Nail trimming doesn’t treat the fungus. Topical medicines need to be applied for 12 months and have a low success rate. Oral medicines are taken for 3 months but can cause liver or kidney problems. Our FDA approved Laser Therapy Treatment is a quick, easy, safe, effective procedure that treats the fungus at the source with a success rate of 85%. 

  • What you can expect from Laser Therapy?

    The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your physician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment.

    Treatment Session All toes on both feet are treated for the best chance of success.  The GenesisPlus laser procedure will take 15-30 minutes.
       
    Number of  Treatments Most patients only need three treatments, but some need more if they have severe cases of toenail fungus.
       
    Before the Procedure          While it is important to remove nail polish, decoration and jewelry prior to treatment, you can reapply nail polish 24 hours after treatment.  You can resume your normal activities immediately following the treatment.
       
    During the Procedure  Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable with a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly.  No pain medication is needed and most people find the treatment very easy to tolerate. 
       
    After the Procedure Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. The majority of patients can  resume normal activities right away.
       
    Long Term            You won’t notice anything immediately following treatment. However, as your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear. Toenails grow slowly, especially nails infected with fungus, so it may take 6 - 12 months for your toenail to clear.

     

  • Where does nail infection come from?

    Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes which are everywhere in our environment. Common sources of infection include  swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.

  • What are the symptoms of nail infection?

      You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

    • Discolored nails
    • Yellow streaks under the nail
    • Distorted or thickened nails
    • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
    • Nails separated from the underlying skin
    • Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
    • White spots or streaks on the nail surface

  • How does Laser Therapy compare to other toenail fungus treatments?

    Traditional treatments such as nail trimming, topical medicine, oral medicine or nail removal have significant drawbacks. Nail trimming doesn’t treat the fungus. Topical medicines need to be applied for 12 months and have a low success rate. Oral medicines are taken for 3 months but can cause liver or kidney problems. Our FDA approved Laser Therapy Treatment is a quick, easy, safe, effective procedure that treats the fungus at the source with a success rate of 85%. 

  • What causes nail infection? (onychomycosis)

    Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off of keratin which is the main component of nails and skin. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Candida albicans. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the  environment.

  • How does Laser Therapy work for the treatment of Toenail Fungus?

    Tiny pulses of light pass through the nail and the surrounding tissue to the fungus underneath. The laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi,  which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin. This can result in your nail growing normally.

  • What is Laser Therapy for the treatment of Toenail Fungus?

    Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Daytona Beach uses a laser therapy treatment that has been cleared by the FDA to be both a safe and effective solution for the treatment of nail infection (onychomycosis), more commonly known as toenail fungus. By targeting the fungus directly, the laser treatment gets to the source of the problem immediately.