It sounds as if it is taken right out of “Star Wars: laser foot care. But this technology is being used by Dr. Theodore D’Amato to successfully treat a number of podiatric conditions. His mission is to provide outstanding podiatric care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. He offers a wide range of foot care services, including Lakewood Township laser foot care for the treatment of fungal toenails. He specializes in diabetic foot care and pediatric conditions, but he also provides comprehensive routine foot care to help prevent any problems from occurring.
Toenail fungus is diagnosed through clinical cultures and identification of the involved organism. It is usually a thickened and yellowish-brown discolored nail plate surface. In most cases, the infection starts at the end of the toenail and progressively involves the remainder of the plate. The vast majority of fungal nails are asymptomatic or painless and for many, are more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Most authorities agree that fungus nails are not contagious between people but a progressive involvement from one toe to another is still a confusing issue for many. Dr. D’Amato treats toenail fungus using technologically advanced Lakewood Township laser foot care treatments.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of lasers to treat toenail fungus in 2013. Lasers produce coherent light energy of a sufficient strength and of a specific wavelength, which when projected into tissue is absorbed, producing heat and destroying tissues. Other tissue components are unaffected and so spared. It is proposed that some lasers might work by heating up the nail sufficiently to discourage fungal infections. Another approach to laser treatment of the nails uses a fractional CO2 laser to burn holes in the nail plate through which topical antifungal medications can effectively penetrate. To discuss the use of Lakewood Township laser foot care for your toenail fungus, or to learn about our other podiatric services, give him a call today.