Toenail fungus can make your nails look unsightly and cause other unpleasant symptoms. At Chambers Foot & Ankle in Mesa, Arizona, Thomas Chambers, DPM, offers innovative fungal nail laser therapy to get rid of nail fungus and restore foot health. Call the office at the first sign of toenail fungus or request an appointment online today.

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What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus is a common issue that can turn into a more serious problem when left untreated. It can affect multiple nails and be embarrassing, as fungus often changes the color and overall appearance of your nails. Treatment with Chambers Foot & Ankle can eliminate fungus to restore toenail health.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Yellow or white nails
  • Discolored nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Nails that crumble at the edges
  • Distorted nail shapes
  • Dark-colored debris under nails
  • Foul-smelling nails

Nail fungus is more common in toenails than fingernails. It can also affect areas between your toes (athlete’s foot).

Complications that may occur with untreated toenail fungus include nail damage, nail infections, reduced nerve supply or blood circulation, and bacterial skin infections.

What are the risk factors for toenail fungus?

Anyone can experience toenail fungus, but some factors make it more likely to occur. Examples include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Older age
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Skin or nail injuries
  • Walking barefoot in communal areas
  • Having diabetes
  • Weakened immune systems

Ways you can reduce the risk of toenail fungus include washing your hands and feet regularly, trimming your nails straight across, changing socks throughout the day, and wearing shoes made of breathable materials.

Treat shoes with disinfectants or antifungal powders periodically. Always wear footwear in locker rooms, pool areas, or other communal areas.

What is fungal nail laser therapy?

Fungal nail laser therapy is a procedure that uses laser energy to destroy nail fungus and prevent it from spreading. It’s a simple procedure Dr. Chambers offers to treat fungus and restore toenail health.

While you relax in a comfortable chair, he emits laser energy into targeted toenails. The procedure is fast and virtually painless and doesn’t require any downtime.

He might recommend more than one fungal nail laser therapy session to give you the most effective outcome.

Is fungal nail laser therapy right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for fungal nail laser therapy, Dr. Chambers discusses your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. He evaluates your toenails and personalizes a treatment that matches your needs.

He may combine fungal nail laser therapy with other treatments for toenail fungus, such as lifestyle changes, creams, ointments, oral medicines, or surgery.

If you experience toenail fungus that doesn’t go away, schedule a visit with Chambers Foot & Ankle to find out if fungal nail laser therapy is for you. Call the office or request an appointment online today.