Up to 1 in 10 Americans have toenail fungus –– an irritating and often persistent condition. At KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists, foot and ankle surgeon Benjamin Tehrani, DPM, DABPM, uses nail fungus therapies to kill the fungi, stop the infection from spreading, and restore nails to their near-original condition. To make an appointment, call the office in Beverly Hills or Downtown Los Angeles, California, or book online today.
Nail fungus therapies are outpatient procedures that use specific wavelengths of light energy to penetrate your toenails and underlying tissues. The light heats and kills fungus, preventing your infection from worsening.
Traditionally, nail fungus treatment involved chemical solutions or surgically removing the nail. At KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Tehrani offers two types of laser nail fungus therapy. It’s quicker, safer, and provides lasting results.
Consider nail fungus therapy at KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists if your toenails are:
You might also benefit from treatment if you notice that your shoes or socks have a slightly foul odor.
Contact Dr. Tehrani at KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists if you notice changes to your toenails or they don’t respond to over-the-counter anti-fungal solutions. That’s especially true if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects the circulation to your feet. Fungal infections may increase your risk of more serious issues, so it’s vital you seek treatment.
At KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists, nail fungus therapy begins with reviewing your medical records and discussing your symptoms, including when they started and if you’ve tried at-home treatments.
Next, Dr. Tehrani examines your nails, looking for discoloration, cracks, or other abnormalities. He might also take a few clippings and send them to a lab to determine the type of fungus.
Dr. Tehrani prepares your nails for laser treatment by cleaning them with a Medicool-brand device. Then, he points a handheld laser pen at each of your infected toenails. The laser heats your nail and nail bed, safely destroying the fungus and encouraging the growth of new, healthy nail tissue.
Before you leave, Dr. Tehrani prescribes Bako CLARUS™ nail polish to prevent the fungus from returning. In clinical trials, CLARUS was shown to be much more effective than over-the-counter treatments like Clotrimazole, providing lasting results.
The number of treatments depends on various factors, including the severity of the infection and the thickness of your nails. Most people experience a significant improvement after just one treatment, but Dr. Tehrani might recommend several follow-up visits to maintain your results.
To see if you’re a candidate for nail fungus therapies, make an appointment at KingsPoint Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.