Laser Treatment 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.
- 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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
Common Foot/Ankle Conditions Treated with Laser Therapy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- PTTD/Adult-Acquired Flatfoot
- Arthritis & Gout
- Wound Healing
- Inflammation & Pain Relief
- Post-Stem Cell and PRP Care
Understanding Laser Therapy for Pain Management
Class IV laser therapy is used for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. When light source is placed against the skin, photons penetrate several centimeters down and are absorbed by the mitochondria (the energy producing part of a cell). This energy results in the restoration of normal cell function. The main goal of laser therapy is to stimulate the cell to perform its natural functions, but at an enhanced rate. In contrast to "cold lasers," which provide no feeling or sensation, high power diode laser therapy provides a warm, smoothing feeling.
Positive Effects and Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser therapy has an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilatation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products.
Increased Metabolic Activity
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Laser Therapy for Onychomycosis (Toenail Fungus)
Fungal nail affects nearly 10% of the US population.
While many find the condition to be, simply, an eye sore, fungal nail can also lead to a larger problems including:
- Infection of other toenails
- Infecting friends and family
- Increased pain
- Ingrown toenails
Individuals with diabetes are also more susceptible to fungal nail given their compromised immune systems.
Laser therapy offers an effective, safe option for treating fungal toenail without the side effects of many oral medications.
Choosing Laser Therapy
- Treatment is Painless
- Therapy is Easily Applied
- Highly Effective for Various Conditions
- Eliminates Pain
- Reduces the Need for Pharmaceuticals
- Restores Normal Range of Motion & Physical Function
- Non-Invasive & Non-Toxic
- No Known Adverse Effects
- Provides Alternative for Patients who Have Tried Other Modalities
Unlike many other treatments that mask pain or only address your symptoms, laser therapy treats the underlying condition to promote healing.
This means that treatments are effective & long-lasting.