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Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Laser Fungal Nail Treatment

Walk Without Pain Podiatry Clinics Brisbane is pleased to offer laser treatment for the treatment of infected, fungal nails. We provide the following information about fungal nail laser Brisbane as an introduction to the topic.  If you feel that this treatment may be suitable for you, please call us on 3256 1006 to arrange a consultation.

What causes nail fungus (also known as Onychomycosis) ?

How did I get this fungal nail infection ?

How to treat fungal nail infections ?

Read the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regarding oral medication warning here

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PinPointe Laser Technology

In other information sheets on this website, we have discussed the potential dangers of taking oral anti-fungal drugs.  These systemic antimycotics have caused serious injury and even death, both in Australia and overseas.  A link above will take you to a 2008 report on the topic and a warning issued by an Australian Government agency on the matter. Our clinic suggests that, as unsightly and embarrassing as this fungal nail problem can be, patients need to carefully weigh up whether to risk their health to resolve it.  We are pleased to offer an effective alternative that has no systemic side effects whatsoever.

How You Can Prevent Nail Fungus After A Laser Fungus Removal

Once you have cleared your nails of fungal infection, you will want to do what you can to stop them from being re-infected. This includes:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Don’t wear trainers for too long at a time
  • Wearing clean socks every day
  • Wearing thongs in showers at the gym or pool
  • Throwing out old shoes
  • Avoiding shoes which make your feet hot and sweaty
  • Not sharing towels
  • Not wearing other peoples’ shoes
  • Not sharing nail clippers or scissors

What is Fungal Nail Laser Brisbane?

Fungal Nail Laser Treatment kills the fungal spores that live in, under and around the affected nail and nail bed. The laser emits a series of pulses of light.  These pass through the nail and into the nail bed below without causing damage to the nail or the skin. The frequency of the light source is specifically calibrated to kill fungal spores and leave human skin tissue undamaged. We have a Pinpointe laser which is an Nd:YAG laser 1064 nm.  We also have a Fox laser that operates at the same frequency.

How long does fungal toenail laser treatment take to work ?

Whilst the fungi are killed very efficiently at the time of the procedure, the damaged nail cannot repair itself.  New nail will need to grow up from the base and push the damaged nail out, This is then trimmed off as it grows. This means that the nail will not be cosmetically different immediately after the treatment, but will clear as it grows.

What will happen at my laser treatment for fungal nails consultation ?

Firstly, we will examine your nail and determine if it is suitable for treatment.  The pros and cons of treatment will be discussed and any questions you may have can be answered. We suggest that you read this page fully and the page on aftercare which has a link below. If you elect to proceed with treatment, the procedure will usually be done on the same day.  This is a safe process which takes around 30 minutes.  Some heat is generated.  It is a walk-in, walk-out procedure which does not require local or other anaesthesia.
A follow up visit is scheduled for around three months time.  As a matter of course, we usually re-laser the nails at this visit, no matter how good they are looking. This is to discourage any new infection from moving into the nail over time.  Any visits subsequent to the initial application of the laser will attract standard podiatry consultation fees. There is no additional charge to re-laser nails for which you have already paid a laser fee.
If the nail is grossly distorted, we may talk about the pros and cons of removing an individual nail.  This makes full resolution of the problem much faster.  It is an optional step and we can always proceed without doing this.

What Happens After The Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus?

After leaving the clinic, you should continue to avoid nail polish for the majority of the time.  We will provide you with written information on how the avoid reinfection of the treated nails.  You can read about the required aftercare Fungal Toenail Laser Brisbane aftercare. This home maintenance is very important to the success of the treatment.

What is the Cost of Fungal Nail Laser Treatment in Brisbane ?

Providing the PinPointe laser device as a treatment option for our patients required a significant expense in purchasing the unit. Further more our staff receive additional training to ensure the best possible outcome. We offer three options for treatment.

All nails:  If more than two nails on two feet are affected or if the skin of the feet has a fungal infection, all nails should be treated.  The cost of this option is $510 and includes the podiatry visit to prepare the nails.   Antifungal products will be needed for your aftercare, regardless of the number of nails treated.

One Foot: If the infection is contained to one foot, it can be treated alone. The cost is $280 and includes the visit.

One or two nails:  Cost $200 including the podiatry visit.

Removal of a nail:  An additional $20 to the visit fee.

Any subsequent visits over the course of the treated nails growing out is charged as a standard visit.  Please also be aware that medical insurance rebates greatly. Some insurers do not pay for this intervention.  If you wish to check with your insurer, the item code for laser is F145.  If they do not recognise the laser treatment code, you will still be able to claim a plain consultation code, F004 or F012.
Can the PinPointe laser be used on fingernails ?
Yes. The process is just the same to use laser in treating fungal fingernails.


Is Treatment with the Anti-Fungal Laser Safe?

Yes, it is.  There have been hundreds of thousands of applications of this technology around the world.  We have only found one reported case of an adverse reaction in the literature. This can be directly attributed to the practitioner doing something that was patently ‘stupid’. Specially calibrated protective goggles are worn by the clinician and the patient whenever the unit is turned on or in standby mode. This is to prevent any possible eye damage which may occur if the unit were activated and pointed directly into the eye from a close proximity.  Nothing is absorbed during treatment and no radiation is released. This means that the treatment is also safe for pregnant and breast feeding women.  Children may not accompany you into the treatment room whilst the laser is in use.

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Our self-image is vital to how we present ourselves and believe in our abilities, regardless of which industry or sector we work in. Most people automatically think about their face and physical appearance in terms of what is evident on first sight, however, our feet can also affect our self-perception. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is not something that everybody will have to deal with over the course of their life if they are lucky, but for those that are enduring it, they will understand just how embarrassing it can be. What many do not realise is that there are many other complications that can arise from this condition.Here at Walk Without Pain Podiatry Clinics, we seek to alleviate our patients of both the problem and the negative self-perception they may feel as a direct result of it. Based exclusively in Brisbane, our team of nine foot doctors deliver a level of care and expertise with regards to all things foot related from our four clinics, to ensure that those in the locality have the best treatments and solutions available to them on their doorsteps.

Treating Toenail Fungus

We know that you may feel that your problem is unique and cannot be addressed, but rest assured, with over 87 years of combined experience in our team, we have seen it all and fixed it all before. Fungal infections are notoriously contagious and therefore it makes sense to address the problem sooner rather than later to prevent it from spreading to other toes.

At Walk Without Pain we deliver our laser toenail fungus removal treatment using advanced equipment and our patients can feel confident in the abilities of our team to use the most current practices and therapies, given our commitment to ongoing training and development.

Where toenail fungus is concerned, treating it has many benefits that a topical cream or similar solutions simply cannot achieve. It is a completely safe and painless process that results in no damage to either the surrounding skin or the nail, or nails that are undergoing treatment. There is no loss of time incurred by our patients because there are no hidden side effects attached to it, and this non-invasive procedure will not impede your ability to get around.

The end result is a treatment that targets the root cause of the discolouration and unsightly look that your toes currently may have. What’s more, opting for laser treatment as opposed to oral anti-fungal medication eliminates the possibility of side effects that can impact on the proper functioning of your liver and digestive systems.


Appointments to Suit All

Here at Walk Without Pain, we understand that not everybody can attend our clinics during the working day, and so for those that need to access laser treatment for toenail fungus they can make an out of hours booking to suit their timetable. Our team of doctors see approximately 180 patients per day, so you are certain to find a slot and a date that works for you, whether that is in the immediate future, or further down the road.

Even if you believe that you have tried everything to solve your fungal nail problem until you have dropped in to see our team the solution to your problem is still out there and waiting for you to find it. So, get in touch with us today and let our expert team look after your feet in a way that will stand you in good stead for the future.

We provide bulk bill podiatrist in Brisbane including plantar fasciitis treatment and shin splints treatment. Speak with one of our podiatrists today to find out more.

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