Many people are hesitant to get treated for their toenail fungus because they have an idea in their mind of what it’s going to be like. They create scenarios that are magnified to seem much scarier than they are, and sometimes are completely unrealistic. One example is thinking that your toenails will fall off if you get toenail fungus laser treatment. This is not the case at all. In fact, the procedure is far less critical than taking off toenails.
The toenails are not taken off
A common misconception is that the podiatrist will rip off your toenails and that it will be extremely painful. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are no sharp, scary tools used to take off the toenail. Instead, a laser light beam is used, and it doesn’t hurt at all except for feeling some warmth from the heat of the laser.
It’s not the toenail itself that needs to be removed; it’s the fungal pathogens that are causing the infection. The laser is able to kill the fungal pathogens embedded in the nail so that the toenail fungus can no longer grow.
You’ll actually start to see new toenails
Not only will you not lose your toenails, you’ll grow new, clear toenails! Once the fungus is eliminated, results can be seen as the new, healthy nail begins to grow out. So, you could say that you eventually lose your old toenails as the new ones begin to grow out, but not all at once as part of the treatment.
You might risk losing your nails without treatment
Some of the symptoms of toenail fungus are your toenails turning a brownish-yellowish color, becoming jagged, and either brittle or thick. If they are brittle they can easily break off. If they are thick, they can begin to raise from the nail bed, and could eventually fall off. While this isn’t likely to happen, it is always a possibility, so you actually risk losing your nail without getting toenail fungus laser treatment.
As many frightening scenarios as you might create thinking about getting toenail fungus laser treatment they are probably a far cry from reality. The procedure is:
- Fast – usually requiring only two 30 minute outpatient appointments
- Effective – a recent study done by Adler Footcare showed a 90% success rate
- Painless – patients report no pain except possibly some mild discomfort from the heat
So, now that you have the peace of mind that you will not lose your toenails, contact us today to schedule a consultation. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.