Toenail fungus is an incredibly common foot problem that can affect anyone. Although data suggests that anywhere from 5% - 10% of Americans have some form of toenail fungus at any given time, many people are unaware that they have it or live with it for years without getting treatment, so the numbers are probably much higher. There are different types of fungal infections that affect toe and fingernails, and several causes and risk factors, the most common of which is living with someone who has it or walking barefoot on moist and damp surfaces, like the locker room or shower at the gym. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City offer laser treatment for toenail fungus.
Toenail Fungus Treatment in New York City
In many cases, toenail fungus can be treated with at home, over the counter remedies and self-care. However, depending on the severity and type of fungal infection, conservative treatments may be ineffective. If preventive or self-care methods are ineffective, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment. Some of the most common toenail fungus treatment options include:
- Oral medication
- Topical treatments
- Laser treatment
- Surgical removal of the nail (reserved for cases where topical and other treatments are ineffective in clearing up a severe infection)
Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates offers PinPointe Foot Laser therapy, a non-invasive treatment that uses laser beams to kill the fungus embedded underneath your toenails. It is a simple outpatient procedure that does not require numbing or anesthesia, and exclusively targets the fungus without causing damage or irritation to your toenail or surrounding tissue. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the infection, but can be effective in as little as a single treatment for mild cases.
Find a Podiatrist in New York City
For more information about toenail fungus prevention and treatment for you and your family, contact our office by calling (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.