Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
- 88 % EFFECTIVE
- NO ANESTHESIA NEEDEDNO DOWNTIME FROM WORK OR EXERCISEIMMEDIATE RETURN TO SHOES AND NAIL POLISH
Beautiful natural looking toenails with a pain free laser treatment! Toenail fungus can be ugly, smelly, painful, and very difficult to treat. Have your toes been keeping you from wearing sandals, open toe shoes, or even walking barefoot on the beach? Why keep your feet in the dark! Come to Lloyd Podiatry and bring your toes to light!
Toenail fungus is a tenacious condition that causes nails to thicken, change colors, and give off foul odors. The fungus eats your nail making it weaker, and more susceptible to more serious Staph infections. Historically, treatment options have been limited to nail removal, topical solutions, creams, and pills. Solutions and creams reduce the fungus, but cannot penetrate deep under the nail where the fungus breeds. Pills are more effective, but some people have drug allergies or liver disease which prevents them from taking medication. Now, we have a new weapon in our battle against toenail fungus! Penetrating the nail to kill the fungus, the laser brings gentle, near infrared light to where the fungus likes to hide and inactivates it without harming normal tissue. After 6-12 months most nails look significantly better and there is no need to keep your feet hidden! Read More...(link to Laser treatment Procedure page)
LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY
Dr. Lloyd, developer of Lloyd Podiatry Group, is a leader in utilizing new technology and treatment options for the treatment of toenail fungus. Born in Chicago, he excelled at Marquette University, before attending medical school in Chicago and then advancing his passion of medicine in Indiana where he completed his residency and surgical fellowship. Dr. Lloyd has established medical practice locations in Fishers, Indiana and Anderson, Indiana. He is passionate about providing the highest level of care to his patients, and welcomes the opportunity to care for patients from all walks of life and from all areas of the country.
Cutera and Pinpointe lasers are the latest tools in the treatment of toenail fungus. The laser destroys the cellular elements in the fungus, which live under the nail.
Fungus and mold hate the sun. Think of it. Did you ever see mushrooms growing on a sunny beach? No, they like moist, dark environments just like the hiding place under your toenail. The fungus lives under your nail and grows there eating your nail and leaving behind smelly, offensive “toe jam”. You can’t get creams or lotions to penetrate the nail, so the fungus just keeps on munching and breeding until eventually the nail is so diseased that it changes its shape or color or grows into the surrounding tissue.
I like to think of the Laser treatment as natural sunlight concentrated down to a specific wavelength. Unlike natural sunlight that kills surface fungus, the light beam is so powerful that it penetrates that toenail. Microbursts of laser light particles penetrate and overwhelm the fungal cells to inactivate them. Occasionally, there is a very mild warming of the nail as the fungal killing energy is released into the nail.
To prepare the toenails for treatment, they are gently thinned with a micro bur that cools and sanitizes your nails with an anti-microbial mist. Next, an anti-fungal footbath is used to reduce the fungal build up on the skin of the feet and ankles. This is necessary to reduce the risk of re-infection after inactivation with the Cutera or Pinpointe laser.
The laser treatment begins with microbursts of the laser beam equally distributed over each infected toenail to “scrub” the nail of infection. Sometimes the patient experiences a little warming with the treatment, but never enough to require anesthesia. The laser treatment is completed in 20-30 minutes and the patient is free to resume all normal activities, including nail polish. Recommendations will be made on how to manage your nail conditions and a follow up is scheduled in 4 and 8 months. Noticeable nail clearing may begin in 3-4 months. After 6-12 months most nails look significantly better and there is no need to keep your feet hidden! Let the sun shine in!
Can fungus toenail infections spread to other parts of my body?
If you have a fungus living in only one of your toenails, it is very likely that it is also living in a dormant form under other toenails and on your skin. As it breeds, it breaks down your healthy toenails and skin, and makes them more porous for other more dangerous germs to penetrate your body.
Why is there a laser treatment for fungal toenails?
For many years, only creams or pills were available to treat the fungal infection. Creams cannot penetrate beneath the nail surface, and pills sometimes have side effects. Now, Dr. Lloyd is pioneering a new laser treatment that essentially creates the sun's natural energy and concentrates it into a beam of light that inactivates the fungus and other germs under the nail plate.
How does the laser work?
The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The laser beam kills the fungus and other germs. The new toenail takes 6-12 months to grow in, but results are often seen in as little as 3 months. Success rates vary, but podiatrists are seeing nail clearing in approximately 88% of patients, which is quite a bit better than 50-70% for anti-fungal pills.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation that rapidly diminishes. Because of this, people who have complete loss of sensation or blood flow should not have the procedure performed.
How do I prepare for my visit?
At home, remove all nail polish and jewelry from the feet and ankles.
What can I expect on my visit?
A consultation with Dr. Lloyd, a nail prep procedure to maximize the effectiveness of the laser, and the actual laser procedure which takes approximately 30 minutes.
Is there a recovery period?
No. Just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual laser procedure takes about 30 minutes, but allow approximately 1 hour for your visit.
Why do all nails have to be treated?
It is recommended to treat all nails even if there is not a visible infection. If price is a barrier to full treatment, pick your worse nails, and come back later for the others.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection usually improves following one treatment. There is a chance of re infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment, but Dr. Lloyd will give you home care options to minimize recurrence.
How much experience have you had?
Dr. Lloyd has used lasers extensively in his 20+ years of practice and has experience since 2009 with the Cutera and Pinpointe lasers treating thousands of infections. In fact, Dr. Lloyd was the first laser center in Indiana to use the powerful Cutera laser in treating toenail and fingernail disease. When results matter, choose Lloyd Podiatry!
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment, but an anti-fungal nail polish is recommended. Traditional nail polish tends to yellow the nails, hiding improvements.
How do I pay for the procedure?
We accept cash and credit.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage.
How much does it cost?
Prices start as low as $300 plus a consultation with Dr. Lloyd, a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon. Your visit will include an examination by the doctor, toenail prepping and resurfacing, an anti-fungal foot bath, and then the laser “scrubbing” treatment. Combination therapy is prescribed in stubborn or severe infections. Specialized products to prevent re-infection are also highly recommended and are available at the time of treatment, including shoe sterilization and anti-fungal nail polish.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading researchers and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institute of Health developed the technology in the patented FootLaser.
Where are you located?
We are located in the medical complex at St. Vincent Fishers Hospital, 13914 Southeastern Parkway, Fishers, IN 46037, Suite 301.
How can I schedule a treatment?
Call Lloyd Podiatry today at (317) 842-1361!