Laser Nail Fungus Treatment at Vancouver Podiatry

Do you have yellowing, brittle nails?

Increasing severity of nail fungus infection

Remove toenail fungus with laser treatments at Vancouver Podiatry

  • Provides clearer and healthier looking nails
  • NOTE: You may be able to claim a portion of the cost of treatment under extended medical because it is performed by a podiatrist.  Up to 50% may be claimed.

What causes unsightly, yellow and brittle nails?

The most common cause of brittle yellowing nails is fungal infection ( also known as Onychomycosis). Over 40 million North Americans have fungal nail infections. Fungi are dermatophytes that feed on nail keratin. These organisms thrive in warm, dark and moist environments. There is no better place for nail fungus to grow and infect toes than in shoes. Infected nails have yellowing or white spots. As the infection develops, nails will get thicker, turn a darker yellow, and fracture. It is common that the infection spreads to other nails if left untreated.

How do I know I have a nail fungus infection?

  • Thickening of the nail
  • Build-up of debris under the nail
  • Changes in texture, loss of shine, and clarity
  • Brittleness and crumbling at the edges of the nail
  • Small separations of the nail plate from the nail bed

What are my options in terms of clearing my nail fungus infection?

There are several treatments for nail fungus. The most conservative treatment option, is to just thin down the nail every nine weeks and apply topical medications. Unfortunately, this type of medicine does not work well if the whole nail is involved. Oral medications (Lamasil) can be prescribed, but elevates liver enzymes and can cause liver damage. Women are warned not to take oral medications if they are going to become pregnant. Laser treatment is another option you should consider…

FOX 1064 Podiatry Laser

-The Fox 1064 Laser – the latest in fungal nail laser removal technology

Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus

The use of laser in podiatry is not new. For years lasers have been used on the foot for several conditions. The ability of the laser energy to gently heat the nail bed makes it ideal for nail clearing. Having the laser treatment performed by a podiatrist may allow you to claim a portion of the treatment under your extended medical coverage. The procedure takes only 20-30 minutes and any where between one to four  visits.

For more information you can watch this video on Laser Toenail Fungus Removal on “The Drs.” TV show:

The laser energy works to remove nail fungi in two ways by reacting within the fungal cells that necessary for fungal growth and survival. The photo-thermal effect changes cellular metabolism and at increased temperature (42°C), cell components are damaged and metabolism is altered. Clinicians report a photo-chemical effect that further compromises fungal cell enzymes and proteins. Lipids in cell membranes are changed in structure and their function of protecting and regulating the internal environment of the cell becomes further compromised resulting in fungal death and clear nail growth.

What does the Fungal Nail Laser Treatment at Vancouver Podiatry feel like and what’s involved?

During the procedure most patients report an increasing feeling of warmth over the nails, which resolves quickly. Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment in most cases. For best results we recommend one to four laser treatments, however more severe infections may require additional treatments. Post-treatment care at home is also crucial to the success of this treatment, as it helps prevent recurrence of the fungal infection. Detailed post-treatment instructions are provided at your first treatment. Most patients begin to see results within a few months, as the nails begin to grow out clear of fungus, revealing healthier nails. However, since toenails grow slowly, full clearance of the fungus may take 12 months or longer.

Large nail being treated by the laser:

Nail being treated

Nail begins to grow in clear after treatment (see before and after pictures below):

 Laser is an excellent choice for fungal nail patients who do not want to risk taking oral medications. Up to 50% of the cost may be covered by extended medical if procedure is performed by a licensed podiatrist.