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Foot pain comes from many sources. Learn about your foot condition and allow North Austin's Arbor Foot Health Center to provide a cure or treatment returning you to health and activity.

Heal Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)

Cure those thick, ugly, yellow toenails in North Austin

Think you are the only one who avoids swimming, public showers or open-toed shoes because your toenails are yellow and crusty? Spend hundreds of dollars on pedicures to hide it? Afraid to take Lamisil because of possible liver damage or because you can't drink while using the medication?

North Austin, you aren't alone and we can help you.

You are suffering from toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, which causes the nail to become thick, yellowed and unattractive. It may be from an athlete's foot infection that spread, or you acquired the spores while walking barefoot in a wet area.

Toenail fungus is an infection that affects nearly 23 million people in the US – about 10 percent of all adults. It's possible the rate of infection is even higher in Austin because of our hot, humid climate to say nothing of our Texas love of cowboy boots.

There is no perfect cure for toenail fungus. These nail fungi are so hardy that the oral medications (such as Lamisil) that treat it are successful only about 70 percent of the time. The best topical medications available work up to 30-40 percent of the time.   At Arbor Foot Health Center, we combine comprehensive professional toenail care with topical treatments to maximize effect. For some patients, laser treatment may be an option. 

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
A new treatment is the use of lasers to treat the toenail fungus. The lasers work by killing the fungi while leaving the nail and surrounding tissue unharmed. Like all other toenail fungus treatment, results are not instant. It takes six months for healthy nails to grow out and for patients to have a clear nail. We do offer KeryFlex, an artificial, medical-grade nail that can be applied the same day as laser treatment and allows needed follow-up medications to reach the nail bed. Learn more here.

How do the Lasers Work?
Medical lasers work by shining an intense light beam through the toenail that vaporizes the fungus while leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed.

Is the Treatment Painful? Is it Safe?
Because the laser has no affect on normal, healthy tissue, there is no pain at all. In studies so far, there have been no side effects, complications or adverse reactions.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?
For patients, only one, 10-minute treatment is needed per toe, according to the laser manufacturers. Podiatrists are finding that some patients need additional treatments, depending on the severity of the infection and the number of toes involved.

Q-Clear Laser
We use the Q-Clearn laser because it provides even better results than the previously approved PinPointe laser. The Q-Clear uses more than one wavelength of light to attack the fungus. Seebefore and after photos of toenail fungus treated with the Q-Clear Laser. Learn more about laser treatment for toenail fungus here. See a video on laser toenail fungus treatment here. Dr. Prant has 20 years experience using medical lasers and served on the board of Seton Hospital's Laser Committee where he reviewed the purchase and use of many medical lasers. Follow Dr. Prant's blog here.

Will this Treatment be covered by Insurance?
Laser treatment of nail and skin conditions is not covered by insurance plans as it is considered aesthetic. You can expect the cost to run between $400 and $1200, depending on the number of toes involved and the seriousness of the infection. We offer a free consultation to see if laser treatment may be right for you and, if so, we can often perform the procedure the same day. We accept Visa® MasterCard® and Discover®.

Will this cure last forever?
Fungal infection, like other infections, can return. You may have a lifestyle that encourages this growth. You may have contaminated shoes or surfaces in your home. You may be genetically prone to this infection. We provide our patients tips and medication to prevent re-infection, but we cannot guarantee a lifetime of perfect nails. One way to decontaminate your shoes is with the SteriShoe shoe sterilizer, which works without chemicals or sprays and removes 99.9 percent of problematic micoorganisms. Learn more about it here.

Learn about a simple soak used after laser treatment.

Stop hiding your disfigured nails!

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