Onychomycosis, more commonly known as Toe Nail Fungus afflicts approximately 50% of the people over the age of 45 in the United States. It can be easily contracted from our everyday environment, such as nail salons or gyms. Athletes are also susceptible to acquiring the fungus from trauma to the nail plate with running, hiking or dance.
Many types of treatment have been tried to eliminate toe nail fungus. Most have failed and the cure rate is less than 5%, with most over the counter agents. The laser treatment we employ at California Foot and Ankle Associates has an over 80% cure rate and is the treatment of choice for the eradication of Onychomycosis with no downside reported.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does it work?
The PinPointe FootLaser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out.
What can I expect in the doctor's office?
A consultation with your doctor, the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits as prescribed by your doctor.
Will I need more than one treatment?
One treatment kills the fungus for most people. Your doctor will determine if you need additional follow-up care.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No, just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The FootLaser procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Will the fungus come back?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically the provider will recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost is determined by the doctor; between $395- $950.
How do I pay for the procedure?
Credit cards, cash, money orders, and Care Credit are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
Is this covered by my insurance?
If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage. Contact us if you have any insurance questions.
How long have you been doing this?
Clinical studies began in November 2007 demonstrating over an 88% success rate (results may vary from person to person).
Is it FDA cleared?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA. However, specific approval for the treatment on Onychomycosis is pending.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology.