Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence
Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
If you have thick, crumbling, or yellow fungal toenails, it’s time to get treatment to clear your nails right away. Kenneth J. D’Ortone, DPM, at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence in Philadelphia uses state-of-the-art toenail fungus laser treatments to give you healthy, strong toenails. If you’re tired of hiding your toes, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or schedule an appointment online today.
Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Q&A
What is toenail fungus laser treatment?
Lasers are incredibly versatile with a wide range of medical applications. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence, Dr. D’Ortone uses state-of-the-art Diowave™ laser treatments to target and destroy onychomycosis — the fungal infection that most often infiltrates toenails.
The Diowave laser delivers a specific wavelength of light that penetrates your nail to heat and destroy the fungus without damaging your healthy nail tissue.
Toenail fungus is a hardy infection that’s not only challenging to treat but also has a high likelihood of spreading to your other toenails and eventually your fingernails. Getting treatment as soon as you notice the telltale signs of yellow or thick toenails not only protects your other nails but also make your treatment easier.
What should I expect during toenail fungus laser treatment?
Laser treatment for toenail fungus takes around 20 minutes. You wear goggles to protect your eyes during the painless procedure. Depending on the extent of your infection, you may need several toenail fungus laser treatments to get rid of the infection completely.
Also, it can take several months for your healthy toenails to grow in. Be patient, and you’ll see a clear difference between your old damaged nail and the new healthy toenail.
What are the benefits of toenail fungus laser treatment?
The traditional treatment for toenail fungus is a three-month course of antifungal medication. The medication can be hard on your liver, so you may need to get your liver tested before and during your treatment to make sure you stay healthy. In addition, the medication can take a long time to make a difference in your toenail.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus, on the other hand, doesn’t cause any side effects that put your health at risk. Additionally, you should see results more quickly than with oral medication.
How can I prevent fungal toenail infections?
No one wants a fungal toenail infection, and as always, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. You can protect your toenails by always wearing flip-flops in shared showers and public pools.
If you’re physically active, make sure to change out of sweaty socks and shoes and choose breathable footwear. Keep your toenails short and use antifungal sprays or powders in your shoes and socks.
Call the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or make an appointment online today for effective, state-of-the-art toenail fungus laser treatment.