Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Pinpointe FootLaser Fungal Toenail Treatment
Stop suffering the pain and embarrassment of unsightly nail fungus. PinPointe FootLaser is the easy and convenient treatment that helps turn your discolored and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier looking nails.
Safe and effective, this in-office treatment is pain free, has no harmful side effects, and typically takes only about 30-minutes to complete. This is the first clinically proven laser device for the temporary increase of clear nails in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus.
Nail infection can cause permanent deformity of the nail, which can interfere with your being able to wear shoes, walking, sports, and other activities.
Nail fungus is an embarrassing chronic condition that impacts your quality of life and can lead to serious health problems for those with diabetes or immune disorders. Nail infection can start as a result of a family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health, nail trauma, warm or moist climates, exposure to infected nails in sports/fitness and communal bathing areas, and tight shoes.
The treatment of nail infection is difficult because the infection is under and inside of the nail, which makes it hard for other treatments to reach and destroy the infection. Treatments such as medicated nail polish or oral medications may be associated with side effects or serious drug interactions. Home remedies such as using bleach, vinegar, mouthwash, or household cleaners to resolve the problem are often tried but, ultimately, fail to resolve it.
Laser Fungal Toenail Treatment
Before and After
Safe and effective, this in-office treatment is pain free, has no harmful side effects, and typically takes only about 30-minutes to complete.
Laser Fungal Toenail Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs and symptoms of nail fungus?
- Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail, or nail bed, and on the underside of the nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of skin and nail fragments under the nail
- Discolored and thickened nail that may separate from the skin under the nail
- Brittle, broken, and thickened nails
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- Soft and powdery nail surface, which appear as the infection worsens
- Damaged, crumbly, and brown or gray nail surface, with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin
How Does the Laser Work?
This patented laser is specially designed to shine through your toenail and destroy the specific pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the infection. Unlike other lasers that are used for skin or pain treatments, the PinPointe™ laser is designed and used for only one purpose: to safely destroy molds and bacteria that cause fungus nail infections (Onychomycosis).
Is this Laser Painful?
The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no pain but some patients may experience temporary warmth in the nail during treatment. This treatment does not harm or affect your activity in any way.
Does it Really Work?
The PinPointe™ laser is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of nail fungus. In the latest clinical study, 81% of all patients treated sustained a clear nail improvement at 12 months after a single treatment. After the one 30-minute treatment, the nail plate should grow out clear in 8 to 12 months if there is a healthy nail bed. This result is better than the results reported for the oral pill, Lamisil, which you take for three months with some risk of side effects.
Is This Treatment Safe?
There are no age or health restrictions or limitations. In clinical studies, there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the oral medications now used to treat toenails must be taken daily for months and carry with them some side effects that can affect the liver, kidneys, and skin. This laser does not. Some lasers need to be cooled with a spray because of the heat buildup or they are so low-powered, they do not kill fungus. The Pinpointe laser is safe and effective.
Does My Insurance Pay for This?
Because this treatment is considered aesthetic, health insurance plans do not cover this treatment. We accept major credit cards and personal checks. We also offer payment plans for 6 to 18 months through Care Credit.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of the treatment ranges from $500 to $800 depending on the number of infected toenails. There is a consultation with the doctor to see if you are a candidate for the treatment and that fee can be billed to your insurance. The treatment fee also includes any necessary nail preparation, post treatment counseling and a follow up visit to check your results. The best results are obtained when the laser treatment is applied to all of the toenails on both feet, even the ones that appear uninfected. This creates an environment free of nail fungus and reduces the chance of re-infection. If the infection is resistant, or the nails have not responded with clear growth, the nails may need another laser treatment.
Our list of services include treatment of the following feet conditions:
- Heel Spurs
- Fungal Nails
- Laser Treatment
- Ingrown Toenails
- Plantar Warts
Most Insurances Accepted
Our offices participate in the following insurance plans:
- 1199 Hospital H/C
- Aetna HMO, PPO
- All BC & BS Plans
- Beach Street
- Eastern Benefits NY
- The Empire Plan/NY
- Great West/1Heath
- Health Net/PHS
- Magna Care
- Private Insurance
- United Healthcare
- Union Plans - All
- Worker's Comp
- and Many More!
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What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Many podiatrists further their education by participating in a post-graduate residency program at an approved hospital or university. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice.
The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. If the American Board of Podiatric Surgery certifies your podiatric surgeon, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures.
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