Toenail fungus is very common and anyone is susceptible to acquiring the dermatophyte or yeast most commonly. Toenail fungus thrives in dark moist places such as the toe box of a shoe. Genetics can play a role in the development of an ingrown but most commonly if there is trauma to the nail plate such as cutting the nail to short, dropping something on your toe or kicking something and you break the seal where the skin attaches to the bottom of the nail plate, fungus has the opportunity to enter the nail bed and growth slowly begins. The nail plates eventually become discolored, thick and curved and may cause pain. Did you know that if you had your toenail removed it would take 9-12+ months to grow back and it would still grow back with fungus? Rarely is there a reason to remove the nail plate with our treatment protocols.
At MOFAS we have been successfully resolving nail fungus with our treatment protocols with a 95+% success rate. Our laser nail therapy program will show continued improvement in the appearance of the nail plate every month. Laser nail therapy is a non-invasive, safe and painless way to promote the growth of a healthy nail plate thereby resolving the unsightly appearance. There is no danger in performing the treatment to the patient. There are no side effects. Treatment time is 10 minutes per foot and consists of 3 treatments 4 weeks apart and we also offer quarterly or semi-annually maintenance treatment plans to keep your nails looking healthy and fungus free.
Most commonly lamisil or sporonox is prescribed for the treatment of toenail fungus. Unfortunately these medications are very hard on the liver and require constant blood work to make sure it is not affecting the liver in a negative way. It is also advised that people do not drink alcohol when taking these medications. There are viable alternatives to treat your nail fungus effectively and safely with excellent results at MOFAS.
Diagnosis is made by obtaining X-rays to check the structure of the foot and toes and also moving the toes through their range of motion and checking for flexibility of the joints. A skin exam is also performed to check for overriding callous formation on the top or tips of the toe.