Score sandal-ready feet this summer with cutting-edge laser technology
By Dr. Jay Berenter, DPM, FACFAS
San Diego is finally reveling in a long-awaited bout of summer weather. But as sandal season kicks into full gear, unsightly feet and fungal nails can put a damper on everything from social gatherings by the pool to simple comfort in scorching temperatures. For individuals suffering from onychomycosis (or toenail fungus, as it’s more commonly known), a day at the beach can become an anxiety-filled ordeal. But now, innovations in laser technology have paved the way to a safe, effective and non-invasive fungus treatment alternative.
According to the Wall Street Journal, onychomycosis is most common in athletes, elderly individuals and those genetically predisposed to the condition. In total, toenail fungus affects around 12% of Americans nationwide – and brings with it a host of side effects ranging from the merely cosmetic to the downright crippling. Because onychomycosis can result in abnormal nail growth, unattractive nails can eventually cause severe discomfort while walking or wearing shoes. And with any degree of such growth, individuals can become self-conscious and socially insecure.
While there are a number of oral and topical treatment options for onychomycosis, many of these are either hazardous to patients’ health or simply ineffective relative to the time and consistency required for treatment. By contrast, laser procedures are non-invasive and recovery-time free – a combination that has led podiatrists and patients alike to further explore laser options as a viable alternative to conventional treatment.
Toenail fungus prevention: eliminate onychomycosis and keep nails clean and healthy
For individuals who find themselves prone to toenail fungus as a result of bare feet, damp conditions or improper hygiene, a simple commitment to the following tips will help keep onychomycosis at bay:
- Use anti-fungal spray to treat feet and shoes on a regular basis
- Wear shoes in public areas, and keep flip-flops or shower shoes on hand for showers, pools, beaches and indoor activities
- Keep feet clean and dry to avoid conditions that encourage fungal growth
- Change socks daily, and switch pairs between sporting activities and regular daily wear
While rigorous hygiene can certainly prevent fungal growth, no amount of cleanliness can reverse the onset of onychomycosis. For those experiencing a predisposition to toenail fungus, or an increased occurrence due to advanced age, laser treatment is a safe and convenient option – and one that is now available right here in San Diego. At the San Diego Laser Nail Clinic, we pride ourselves on combining customer satisfaction and comfort with state-of-the-art Cool Touch CT3 Cool Breeze laser care. By offering flexible payment and scheduling, we aim to give our patients an easy route to healthy, beautiful feet – so that next summer, there’s no need to keep your favorite sandals in the closet.
To learn more about laser nail treatments and optimal foot health, log on: www.drberenter.com.
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