AC Podiatry now offering Laser Nail Treatment!

Laser Therapy Machine at our Secialist Podiatrist in Adelaide At AC Podiatry we are passionate about bringing the best possible care to our patients.  In line with this philosophy we have invested in the new gold standard for treating onychomycosis (fungal nails).

What is Laser therapy?

Laser Therapy is a relatively new modality in the treatment against onychomycosis. AC Podiatry employs a 1064 Yag laser, currently considered the most effective and proven laser treatment for fungal nails.

How does laser therapy work?

Laser therapy has one crucial characteristic in effectively treating onychomycosis that traditional treatment modalities lack; the ability to penetrate the nail safely and without pain. This allows for direct contact to the colonies of fungal spores beneath the nail, enabling the laser to treat the condition far more effectively than both oral and topical antifungals.

The treatment generally takes 2 minutes per nail. The laser beam is passed over the nail administering a laser wavelength that penetrates through the nail, attacking the site of the fungal infection without causing pain or damage to surrounding skin and soft tissue. The treatment is associated with a warm sensation and the patient generally describes no major discomfort.

Why choose laser therapy?

Laser therapy treatment is quickly becoming the treatment of choice in managing fungal nail infections in Australia. This therapy first gained popularity in the United States approximately 5 years ago and is now considered by many U.S. physicians the gold standard in treating fungal nail conditions.

We believe the 1064Nd –Yag laser offers far greater advantages over traditional therapy of fungal nails as outlined in the table below:

Laser Therapy

Topical antifungal Treatment

Oral antifungal treatment (terbinafine)

Duration of treatment

40 mins

Up to three months

Up to three months

Side effects

None reported

Few

Many, some serious

Effectiveness

Up to 80%(1)

11-29%(2)(3)

35-42%(4)(5)

Administration

2 consultations

Messy, daily application

Daily tablet taking

Safety

Safe very few documented complications

Safe, very few documented complications

Risks of complications and unwanted side effects

What happens after Treatment?

Success of the Nail Laser Treatment is reliant on no reinfection of the nail bed by live nail fungus cultures.  There are many ways of transmitting fungus to infect your nails.  These include, but are not limited to:

We will provide you information on how to avoid transmitting fungus to the nails and even have available The SteriShoe® sanitiser.  This is an innovative foot care product that provides a healthier environment for your feet by sanitising the inside of your shoes. It's clinically proven to be effective in killing up to 99.9% of problematic microorganisms!  More information on the SteriShoe® can be found viewed below:

At AC Podiatry we are extremely excited to bring these modalities of therapy to the community of Adelaide.  We believe that as one of only 3 podiatry clinics in Adelaide to have this technology available we can be a valuable resource to help manage your foot health.

References

1. Kozarev, J, Vikintin, Z. Journal of the Laser and Health Academy Vol. 2010, No.1; www.laserandhealth.com
2 Buck DS, Nidorf DM, Addino JG. J Fam Practice. 1994;38:601-605.
3 Gupta AK, Fleckman P, Baran R, J Am Acad Dermatol. 2000 Oct;43(4 Suppl):S70-80.
4 Gupta AK, Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association _ Vol 102 _ No 5 _ September/October 2012
5 Darkes MJ, et al, Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(1):39-65