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PinPointe Foot Laser for Fungal Toenails

Written By: Dr. Kirk Koepsel DPM Editor, PodiatryNetwork.com

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Clearer, healthier looking nails

The PinPointe Foot Laser system for the treatment of fungal toenails was developed by Cynosure which is a leading developer and manufacturer of a broad array of light-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems.

PinPointe Foot Laser is the first clinically proven laser device for the temporary increase of clear nails in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus.

Other options are available; however the PinPointe Foot Laser poses none of the risk and harmful side effects of oral anti-fungal medications. This convenient in-office procedure typically takes only about 45 minutes to perform. PinPointe FootLaser provides new hope for patients who suffer from onychomycosis. Clinical studies have shown that after a single treatment, more than 70% of patients treated experience sustained improvement. Other studies have placed the efficacy rate as high as 88%.

It is a pain-free treatment that requires no anesthesia and is safe for the toenails and surrounding soft tissues. It has been approved by the FDA in the USA and by Federal Department of Health in Canada and has the CE Mark of approvial by the European Union.

It should be noted however that Medicare and other medical insurance plans do not cover the cost of treatment. The cost of treatment can range from $700 - $1,200.

Toenail fungus is an infective process and fungal elements that shed from the toenails inhabit your socks, shoes, bed sheets and showers. Although not considered highly contagious certain precautions are recommended to prevent re-infection following the PinPointe Foot Laser treatment. Successful treatment with long-term results is best obtained by addressing your immediate exposure and environment. A common sense approach includes drying your feet thoroughly following bathing, change your socks daily and more frequently if you have a problem with sweaty feet. Use a disinfectant at least weekly in the bathing area. There is no need to discard your shoes. We recommend a topical antifungal shoe spray or powder or the use of a shoe-sterilizer Steri-Shoe . The Steri-Shoe is effective in eliminating microorganisms that cause toenail fungus, athletes foot and foot odor.

Women who use nail polish should be aware of the damaging effects of most nail polish. There is nail polish available that is not damaging and may be a preventative measure to avoid fungal infection of the toenails. One such nail polish is called Dr. Remedy’s enriched nail polish that was developed by doctors to promote healthy nails.

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