Toenail Fungus

Toenail Fungus

Toenail Fungus services offered in Fresno and Madera, CA

If you can’t wear open-toe shoes because you're embarrassed by toenail fungus, you may be a candidate for treatment with the PinPointe™ FootLaser™. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, use the first FDA-cleared light laser to destroy fungus, so your toenails can grow healthy again. To find out if PinPointe laser treatments are right for you, call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, or book an appointment online today. 

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a type of infection that develops when fungi get under your nail or into the nail bed through cuts or cracks in your skin.

Several types of fungus can infect your toenails, including dermatophytes, a type of mold that grows in moist, dark places. Contact with fungus can happen when you walk barefoot around public pools or showers.

The infection can spread from one toenail to the others and cause them to thicken and become discolored. Infected toenails can also crack and separate from the nail bed.

When should I seek treatment for toenail fungus?

While the infection might not cause discomfort, you may be embarrassed by the appearance of your toenails. You should schedule a consultation for toenail fungus at Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center if you have symptoms that affect the color or structure of your nails.

Your provider can assess your nails during a physical exam. They may take a sample of your nail for further testing to determine the type of fungus affecting you.

While over-the-counter products claim to treat toenail fungus, Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center offers a comprehensive program to treat the disease and achieve better results.

How is toenail fungus treated?

To treat toenail fungus, Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center uses the PinPointe FootLaser, an innovative, light-based laser technology that kills the fungus under your nail.

With the PinPointe laser, your provider can target the fungus with superior precision to clear the infection without damaging your toenail or surrounding skin.

Treatment is comfortable, and downtime is not needed after your procedure. However, it can take several months for a new, healthy nail to grow in to replace the damaged nail.

To prevent reinfection, it’s important that you keep your feet clean and dry at all times. If you get sweaty playing sports or during another activity, change your socks frequently. You also should avoid going barefoot, especially in public places.

If you need advanced treatment for toenail fungus, call Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.