Laser Therapy Specialist

Complete Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists located in Ridgewood, NJ

Laser Therapy Q & A

The PinPointe Foot Laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail 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. Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation or a slight pinprick. There is no downtime/recovery required. You can proceed with regular activity after the treatment.

A consultation starts the treatment process. After establishing the diagnosis of nail fungus, the doctor will explain the symptoms, signs and progression, together with the treatment options. We would discuss your expectation of the treatment and likely results the nails are thinned and tidied to remove any thickening and fungal debris, and the laser treatment begins.

The complete consultation and laser treatment typically last 45 min or less to treat both feet. This is ample time to allow us to discuss the treatment, prepare the nails and use the PinPointe Foot Laser on the nails. The laser beam is applied in sequence over the nails several times. Since the method of treatment relies on vaporizing the fungus with heat, the nails will get warm during treatment. Since the laser beam targets the fungus, the heat in the surrounding tissue will be very low. Our experienced doctors will communicate with you during the treatment to ensure the heat levels are appropriate.

The PinPointe Foot Laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail 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.

After the laser nail fungus treatment, anti-fungal cream or spray is applied to the foot and preventive advice is given. Since fungal nail infections are caused by contact with fungi, care should be taken to improve levels of hygiene to prevent recurrence of the infection. We have several products we advise to assist in maintaining the long-term health of your feet. These include antifungal shoe sprays, athlete’s foot creams and antifungal nail polishes.