Onychomycosis is a fungal infection usually caused by a special type of fungus known as a dermatophyte. These sorts of fungi are generally confined to the outer layers of the skin and gradually progress to involve the nail plate. Onychomycosis is particularly common in toenails of older men, but can certainly affect of the nails of patients of any age or gender. The treatment of this condition is complicated by the fact that these fungi live in dead tissue: delivering appropriate medications to these sites is an added challenge.
Currently accepted treatment includes relatively ineffective topical therapies, while the more effective oral treatments are associated with some degree of risk. Both approaches require a long duration of treatment and can be somewhat costly. Most podiatry experts also agree that surgical approaches –like removing the nail plate – are ineffective.
Weil Foot & Ankle Institute is pleased to offer the most effective treatment for fungal infections using laser technology, now used to successfully treat a variety of human diseases. Lasers produce coherent light energy that is able to precisely target the affected tissue, while sparing the surrounding tissue components.
Traditional approaches to treating toenail fungus are limited to oral drugs (with possible adverse side effects,) prescription topicals, and ineffective home remedies. Despite the limitations associated with these more conventional methods, Americans still spend an estimated $2.1 billion annually on treating nail fungus with prescription drugs alone.
Our patients appreciate the many associated benefits of using laser technology to safely and effectively treat toenail fungus.
Please call our podiatry office in Merrillville, IN, at 847-390-7666 if you have any additional questions about laser treatment for toenail fungus. We will be happy to provide you with all the information that you need. Come experience Weil Foot & Ankle Institute! Our Merrillville podiatrist offers the best podiatry care in Merrillville, Valparaiso, Portage, Munster, Schererville, Dyer, Chesterton, St. John, Crown Point, Porter, and Highland, Indiana (IN).