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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
March 17, 2022
Category: Foot Treatment

Are your nails thick and yellow due to toenail fungus? Laser nail treatment offered by your Dulles and Gainesville, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, is the ideal solution if you have a stubborn fungal infection.

Why toenail fungus is so difficult to treat at home

Drugstore anti-fungal products only reach the first few layers of your toenails. No matter how often you apply the product, it will never penetrate deep inside your nail or reach the nail bed. If you don't treat those areas, the fungus will never go away. Although over-the-counter products might help if you only have a mild infection, they're much less effective at treating severe infections.

Treating toenail fungus is important

Toenail fungus isn't just an appearance issue. If the fungus thickens your nails, you may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails. As the fungus works its way through the nail, the nail could loosen and may even fall off. If you have diabetes, it's particularly important to treat toenail fungus promptly. An untreated fungal infection could increase your risk of cellulitis and other infections that could harm your health.

Laser nail treatment offers an effective way to treat fungus

Laser nail treatment in the Dulles or Gainesville, VA, podiatry office targets the pigments that give the fungus its color. The laser light heats the pigments, killing the fungus. During the treatment, your doctor uses short bursts of laser lights that heat the nail without making your toe uncomfortably hot. In fact, you may only feel a slight warmth or mild tingling sensation when the laser is activated. As soon as the treatment is over, you can resume your normal activities

When you'll see a difference in your nail

Laser nail treatment immediately kills toenail fungus, but it can't immediately make your yellow nails look clear. As the nail grows over the next few months, you'll notice the bottom part of your nail is no longer discolored. As the discolored part of the nail grows out, your entire nail will eventually become clear again.

Although laser nail treatment is very effective in treating toenail fungus, it won't prevent new infections. Fortunately, following these recommendations will help you avoid another infection:

  • Don't walk barefoot around pool areas and locker rooms
  • Avoid sharing shoes and socks with friends or family members
  • Wear shoes made of breathable materials
  • Change your socks and shoes when they get sweaty
  • Use anti-fungal shoe spray

Would you like to finally get rid of your toenail fungus? Schedule a laser nail treatment with your podiatrists in Dulles and Gainesville, VA, Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Ali of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, by calling (703) 753-3338.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Treatment

Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of -- even drugstore topicals may not treat them. It can cause your toenail to thicken and become painful, making it hard to wear shoes and socks. If you are ready to explore laser toenail treatment, contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.

Are you sure it is toenail fungus?

Nail fungus is a persistent, unsightly condition that usually affects the nail beds of the toes. While there are many over-the-counter treatments available for those with these symptoms, they sometimes aren’t as effective as one would want. Another option is laser toenail therapy.

Getting laser therapy

Laser toenail therapy is an FDA approved medical treatment for those with toenails that have fungal infections. Carbon dioxide lasers to heat and kill the fungus underneath the nail. The procedure also encourages the cellular turnover of the skin cells on the nail bed, which helps the toe slough off the damaged nail and formerly infected skin.

Studies have shown that laser treatment is not only safe but effective. Your doctor may encourage you to use a topical antifungal to speed up the healing process and ensure that the infection does not return.

Keeping your feet fungus free

After you have gotten your laser therapy, there are a couple of things you want to do afterward:

  • If showering at the gym, pool, or some other moist place, be sure to wear shower shoes to protect your feet.
  • Take care to make sure that your feet are clean and dry at all times. Inspect your feet daily for too much skin, hangnails, and other things that can make your feet susceptible to fungus.
  • Wear clean socks and shoes at all times, and avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.

Call Dr. Bhakta today for more information or to set up an appointment in Gainesville, VA, to see if laser therapy treatment for foot fungus is right for you. Our number at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is 703-753-3338. See you soon!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 10, 2016
Category: Podiatric health

Have you given up on finding an effective treatment for your toenail fungus? Over-the-counter treatments can be helpful if you have a mild problem, but they're not very effective in treating more severe infections. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, explains how laser nail treatment can get rid of toenail fungus for good.Toenail Treatment

The limitations of drugstore products

The topical medications available at your local drugstore coat the top of your nail and may offer some slight improvement initially. Unfortunately, these medications can't reach the fungus that grows under your nail. If you don't kill this fungus, your problem will continue. If you have a particularly stubborn case of toe nail fungus, even prescription oral medication may not get rid of the fungus. Oral medication also has several unpleasant side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea and headaches.

How does laser treatment help?

The laser your Gainesville foot doctor uses penetrates your toenail to kill the fungus underneath. Since he can precisely control the thin beam of light, healthy tissue won't be damaged by the laser beam. The heat generated by the laser light quickly kills the fungus in just one session.

Treatment only takes about 30 to 45 minutes and isn't painful. Your toe may feel a little warm when the laser is applied and you may notice a slight pinprick sensation. Unlike oral medications, laser nail treatment has no unpleasant side effects. Although the fungus will be dead after the treatment, you won't notice immediate results. As your toenail grows, you'll gradually see a new section of fungus-free nail emerge.

Will laser treatment cure my problem?

The fungus is killed in the majority of patients who undergo laser nail treatment. Since fungus is everywhere, there's always a chance you could eventually develop another infection, but if you take precautions, such as wearing shoes in public showers and changing your socks when they become sweaty, you can decrease your chances of developing a new infection.

Laser nail treatment offers a simple solution to toe nail fungus. Call Dr. Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment to learn if laser treatment is a good option for you. Say goodbye to toe nail fungus with laser nail treatment!

By Prince William Foot
June 09, 2015
Category: Foot health

Toenail fungus can be unsightly, but laser therapy at your Gainesville podiatrist's office can effectively treat it.

It's estimated that 10% of adults deals with toenail fungus at some point in their lives and Dr. Mukesh Bhakta treats many patients for Laser Nail Treatmenttoenail fungus at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, Virginia. Toenail nail fungus, clinically known as "onychomycosis," is chronic but highly treatable with laser therapy.

Signs, Symptoms and Causes

Often the first sign of toenail fungus involves a thickening of the toenail. It can also become discolored; it can become white, green, black or yellow. The nail gradually becomes very brittle and can break off in places. Patients do not typically report pain unless they have inflammation as a result of the infection spreading outside the confines of the nail.

Toenail fungus is caused by various yeasts and molds building up on the nails. Older people are most often affected; this may be due in part to reduced blood circulation and nail growth. Overexposure to moisture, excessive sweating, or other skin conditions such as athlete's foot or psoriasis may also be at the root of the problem.

Diagnosis and Treatment

After a physical examination of the toenails, Dr. Bhakta will perform various tests at his Gainesville podiatrist's office. This may include a biopsy and examination under a microscope. Oral or topical antifungal medication may be prescribed, but many patients respond well to the laser treatments we provide at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center. This therapy was approved by the FDA in 2010. It concentrates the heat from the laser onto fungus, bypassing healthy tissues to destroy the structure of the fungus. Laser nail treatment is minimally invasive, quick, and painless. It is administered in Dr. Bhakta's podiatry office, and there should be little to no downtime following the procedure.

An experienced podiatrist like Dr. Mukesh Bhakta in Gainesville, Virginia should be the first call you make for any foot problems. If you think you may have toenail fungus, contact Prince William Foot & Ankle Center!

Dr. Mukesh Bhakta treats many patients for toenail fungus at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, Virginia.