How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
At Advanced Ankle & Foot, we specialize in two professional approaches to fungal nail treatment: laser and topical medications. The goal of both treatments is to attack and eradicate the fungus that is living within the nail.
Laser treatment is often highly recommended for its convenience and ability to easily travel into the nail, hitting the fungus directly where it lives. It can do so without causing any pain, burning or damage to healthy tissue whatsoever.
Laser treatment for fungal nails typically requires several sessions scheduled over a span of weeks or months, depending on how widespread and severe the infection is. Each session is fast, usually lasting less than 30 minutes, and does not require you to prepare in any way beforehand. After each session is complete, you are free to continue with your day as normal, with no aftercare needed.
Topical medications are also made to attack nail fungus where it resides but may have a more challenging time reaching the fungus than with laser. When using topical anti-fungal medications, we may sometimes file the nail down to give the medicine a better chance of making direct contact with the fungus.
For some severe cases, we might recommend a combination of laser therapy and topical medication for best results.
The Sooner You Begin Treatment, The Better
Despite the course of treatment, it is important to note that, even when the fungus has been fully eliminated from the nails, the thick, brittle, discolored damage will remain until a clear new nail grows out to replace it.
New nail growth occurs slowly, so it can be months until you see full, natural results. If you have a future event you want to show off better-looking feet for, do not wait until just a few weeks before it happens. There is absolutely no better time to begin fungal nail treatment than as soon as possible.