Laser Therapy for Fungal Toenails

 

Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails.

After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.

Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.

Other tips:

  • Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Don't share shoes or socks with others.
  • Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
  • Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.

Prevention

Follow basic foot care guidelines and you more than likely can head off most common foot fungus problems.


What is SteriShoe?

The patented SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer is the only product that safely and effectively sanitizes the inside of shoes by using germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) light. There is no other shoe sanitizer that has been awarded a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association or that has a clinical study published in a peer reviewed medical journal. (see The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association July/August 2012 issue here.)

Each human foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands and sweats up to eight ounces per day. Sweat and heat from feet cause shoes to become breeding grounds for the bacteria and fungi that cause athlete's foot, toenail fungus, and shoe odor. The SteriShoe sanitizer safely and effectively kills these microorganisms in your shoes, so your feet have a clean place to enjoy the day.


Why do I need it?

We wash every article of our clothing except for our shoes. In July of 2012, the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association published an article that stated:

"Footwear has been shown to be an important reservoir for harboring organisms that cause infections. The presence of fungi in the shoes has been postulated as a major reason for reinfection. Thus, eliminating the infecting fungal spores from the shoes will likely break the cycle of reinfection…the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer was shown to be effective in reducing the fungal burden in shoes. These findings have implications regarding the ability to address the footwear environment as a means of breaking the foot infection cycle."

There is no reason to wear dirty shoes that harbor the organisms that cause:

Athlete's foot
Fungus causes athlete's foot. People who suffer from athlete's foot need a treatment to cure the infection. But putting your foot back into a shoe that has the infections doesn't make sense and shoes are clinically proven to hold the microorganism that cause athlete's foot. The SteriShoe sanitizer is the clinically proven way to kill fungus in your shoes.

Shoe odor
The damp, dark environments inside our shoes provides a prime breeding for microorganisms to thrive. Unpleasant shoe odor is caused by bacteria in your shoes. The SteriShoe sanitizer is clinically proven to kill the bacteria in your shoes; this reduces shoe odor by eliminating the root cause of the odor problem (the bacteria).

Toenail fungus
Toe nail fungus is another fungal infection affecting the feet of people of all ages. People who suffer from toe nail fungus need treatment to cure the infection. A new and popular treatment for toenail fungus uses a laser to kill the fungus in the toenail. This promising new treatment is non-invasive and drug free. (Click here to learn why the SteriShoe sanitizer should be used with a laser toenail treatment.) With that said, The Journal of Investigative Dermatology states: "any treatment directed solely at the feet is inadequate to control the disease. Effective control measures must also include simultaneous eradication of the organisms in shoes." The SteriShoe sanitizer is the only clinically proven, doctor recommended, and chemical free method to kill fungus in your shoes and help maintain healthy feet after your treatment.

Foot complications for people with diabetes
The American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association urge people with diabetes to be proactive about the health of their feet. Diabetes often causes poor blood circulation which can lead to loss of sensation. Pain tells our bodies that something is wrong, but when we cannot feel pain, an untreated blister or a sore can develop into a foot ulcer. When left untreated, a diabetic foot ulcer can result in an amputation, and there are approximately 86,000 diabetic related amputations annually. We would never wear a dirty bandage so why wear a dirty shoe. The SteriShoe shoe sanitizer is clinically proven to destroy microorganisms in shoes using germicidal ultraviolet light (UVC). The SteriShoe sanitizer is recommended in the book, Healthy feet for people with Diabetes , as a daily measure for all people with diabetes to keep their feet healthy.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology states: "any treatment directed solely at the feet is inadequate to control the disease. Effective control measures must also include simultaneous eradication of the organisms in shoes." Even if you do not have a foot disease, you should kills the organisms in shoes.