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 the 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 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, credit and even have financing plans available through CareCredit®. Ask our helpful staff for more details.
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!