Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ
How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.
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How are fungal toenails treated?
Before the last decade or so, the only way to treat fungal toenails with much hope of success was by taking a prescription-strength oral antifungal pill for a period of several weeks. Although this was usually successful, the cure rate was low enough that a significant minority of patients did not see success, and the pills themselves could cause side effects such as rashes, nausea, or liver damage.
However, modern technology has provided a new option: laser treatment. This method uses specific wavelengths of light that penetrate the nail and painlessly kill the microorganisms causing the infection without damaging surrounding tissues or causing other side effects. Dr. Fox was the first podiatrist on Long Island to introduce the Noveon laser system to his patients, and has found it to be much more effective than traditional treatment. Most people will need 2-3 sessions, though it may vary depending on the severity and number of nails affected.
In any case, it will take some time for already damaged nails to grow out, so don’t wait until sandal weather comes around again—seek treatment today. You can request an appointment online, or you can call us at 516-541-9000.