Onychomycosis is also known as toenail fungus. According to the Physician’s Desktop Reference, toenail fungus can affect as much as 10 to 14 percent of the US population. Of these 10 to 14 percentage, 25 to 40 percent of sufferers are ages 60 and over.
As stated in Wikipedia, the most common symptoms for Onychomycosis are the discoloration and thickening of the nail. It can turn green, white, yellow or black with the skin around the nail flaking or turning white or yellow. Also, the nail can come away from the finger or toe altogether, leaving the skin surrounding it and underneath it swollen and painful. Unless the disease is advanced severely, there are usually no other symptoms or pain in any other part of the body.
In the past, sufferers have had to endure treatments that took a long time or that only got rid of part of the infection. However, Dr. Mark E. Spier, a leading podiatrist in Baltimore, Maryland, has a quicker and easier solution. As a forefoot and reconstructive foot surgeon, Dr. Spier has been able to use his practice to effectively treat toenail fungus infections using the PinPointe FootLaser. He has also used other treatments that have been successful and innovative.
Dr. Spier has used the FootLaser for four years in the treatment of more than 2000 patients from his office in Baltimore, Maryland. It only requires about 30 minutes of the patient’s time, without leaving any side effects or causing pain during treatments. While there may be some minor discomfort to the patient, as in a slight tingling or burning, the patient can have the treatment pain-free, offering a fast, effective cure for a condition that used to take a lot of time to get rid of.
As one patient stated, “The procedure was painless and didn’t take long at all. Dr. Spier and his staff are very friendly and professional and give their patients the very best of care! I couldn’t be happier with my new toenails.”
Anyone can contract a toenail fungus. It can be contracted through the use of public pools and locker rooms. It can also occur as a result of physical activity without the necessary foot care afterward. While it can be embarrassing, people don’t have to suffer with it for long. The PinPointe FootLaser was designed to effective cure it in a short period of time.
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