Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO & Highlands Ranch, CO

What makes this LASER unique?

It is the first and ONLY non-thermal LASER FDA-cleared LASER for fungal nails. This is considered a cold LASER and does not cause any pain.

How long will it take for my nails to clear?

Toenails only grow 1-2mm every month, so based on your nail growth rate, the average time it will take to clear the nails of fungal infection is 9-12 months.

Am I contagious while being treated?

The treatment does not make you any more contagious than when you are not treating your nails. However, toenail fungus can be very contagious. You can get a toenail fungus via direct contact with someone that has a fungus but also through indirect contact, especially in warm moist environments such as pools, hot tubs, locker room floors, and pedicures.

Can I wear nail polish?

It is not recommended to wear nail polish during the treatments. However, if you are going to wear polish after the treatment, it is not recommended to keep it on for more than 3 days.

How many treatments are required?

Treatment requires 4- 12 minute sessions. During this time, we also use UV light treatment to kill the fungal spores in the patient's shoes.

What is the percentage of success?

In clinical trials, patients have shown an 89% response to treatments.

How many toes does the cost include?

We treat all 10 toes during this treatment. It is a no-heat, no-pain, non-invasive treatment. Not only does it treat the affected nails, but it also preventatively treats the others. In addition, if someone suffers from an athlete's foot or tinea pedis, this also helps treat this.

Do you use any other treatments in addition to the LASER treatment?

Most times, it is recommended to use a topical antifungal and antifungal shoe spray in conjunction

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Q & A

 

How Does Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Work?

Laser toenail fungus treatment delivers laser energy that destroys organisms that cause this fungus. The laser light beams that enter the toenail are able to target and eliminate the source of fungus while also promoting the growth of new, healthy toenails. This provides an effective form of treatment that kills fungus at the source, which lowers the risk of having toenail fungus come back. However, individuals should keep in mind that since this fungus is present in the environment, it’s possible for another infection to occur.

Is Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Painful?

The laser energy used in laser toenail fungus treatment doesn’t usually cause any discomfort. The type of laser used at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care does not harm surrounding tissue or cause burns.

How Many Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments Do I Need?

Patients who have laser toenail fungus treatment done need 4 treatment sessions, spaced about 1 week apart. These treatment sessions last about 15 minutes and is normally effective enough to destroy the organisms that cause toenail fungus. Those who continue to have fungus infections should discuss the possibility of coming back for additional treatment sessions. It’s also important to take steps to lower the risk of a recurring infection by keeping toenails clean and dry to prevent fungal growth.

How Effective is Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment?

Laser toenail fungus treatment is considered a highly effective way to eliminate these infections and restore healthy nail growth. Some topical treatments for toenail fungus only treat the fungus on the surface of the nail without reaching through it to the organisms that cause it to grow. The laser light beams used in laser toenail fungus treatment are able to penetrate the nail for more effective treatment.

Do I Have to Limit My Activities After Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment?

Laser toenail fungus treatment is a noninvasive method that doesn’t require any downtime. Those who have this treatment done can go back to their regular activities without any restrictions. 

  • Our office offers LASER treatment for fungal nail infection using the FDA approved low level light laser (LLLL) from Erchonia. This is a safe class 2 LASER which uses a dual diode emitting light of 635 NM red laser light and 405 NM blue laser light. Treatment of both feet, (all nails) is done simultaneously which requires 12 minutes per session. Four sessions, one week apart is required for best results.
  • Laser light vaporizes the fungal cells and spores by passing light through the nail plate. The Laser light does not harm the skin and surrounding tissue.
  • Laser treatment is generally not covered by health insurance companies, including Medicare. We offer a very economical treatment cost of $500 for four treatments which also includes disinfection of one pair of your shoes to reduce fungal contamination while you are being treated. Additional pairs can be done for $10 per pair.
  • Cost is $500 total.

 

 

Insurance

Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of them. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
BCBS
Cigna
Medicare
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare