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Characterized by thick, unsightly, discolored nails, fungus-infected toenails can be irritating, embarrassing and painful. For years, the only treatments available for toenail, fungus were topical and oral medications or removal of the nail. Typically, the medications were largely ineffective and removal of the nail plate was painful and debilitating.

Fast, Effective and Pain-Free Nail Fungus Treatment

A new breakthrough in technology is making it possible to get rid of your nail fungus fast- a new procedure known as PinPointe FootLaser. The new, patented laser technology treats nail fungus safely and quickly, with no drugs, no anesthesia, and no pain. It's specially designed to penetrate your toenail, vaporizing the fungus embedded deep in your nail bed. Better yet, the powerful laser beam targets the infection only and has no effect on surrounding healthy tissue. In just one appointment at our office, we can treat your nail fungus, and within months following the treatment, the toenail will replace itself with a healthy, clear, fungus free nail.

Avoiding Irritating Toenail Fungus

Prevention is key to avoiding a fungal infection. The following tips can help you avoid toenail fungus.

  • Practice good hygiene and inspect feet and toes regularly
  • Try not to injure your nail by cutting it too short, as trauma to the nail may lead to infection
  • Wear moisture wicking socks
  • Wear dry, proper-fitting shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
  • Wear shower sandals when you are at a public pool or shower

Left untreated, a fungal infection can spread to other toenails, the skin on the feet and even the fingernails. Severe cases can impair one's ability to walk or lead to painful ingrown toenails. It's important to seek care when you notice signs of infection.

If you're ready to eliminate your toenail fungus, contact our office and learn more about the new PinPointe FootLaser. We can evaluate your fungal infection and make recommendations for best treating and eradicating your toenail fungus once and for all.

By The Foot And Ankle Center
December 12, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Dealing with a toenail fungus? Find out how you may be able to tackle your problem from the comfort of your own home in St. Louis.

No one wants to deal with a toenail fungus, but it’s a surprisingly common issue. Besides the unpleasant aesthetic problems it can cause toenail fungusyour toenail, you don’t want to just leave the condition untreated, as it can lead to further complications for your foot health. While it’s always a good idea to turn to one of our St. Louis, MO podiatrists for help, particularly if this is the first time you’re dealing with a toenail fungus, there are some home remedies that you may want to try to see if it helps you.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Sure, it’s not to most pleasant tasting or smelling remedy but it is certainly one of the best. Whether you want to apply it to the infected toenail or add it to your drinking water, organic apple cider vinegar offers some pretty awesome health benefits. If you want to soak the toenail here’s how to do it: Add one part Epsom salts and one part apple cider vinegar to six parts warm water. Soak feet two times a day for a minimum of thirty minutes at a time.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another amazing home remedy because it is both a fungicide and an antiseptic. Of course, tea tree oil on its own is rather strong and can irritate the skin so it’s always important to dilute this oil with some water before directly applying it to the infected nail. Once the tea tree oil has soaked in, gently scrub the nail with an old, but clean, toothbrush. You’ll want to do this every day until the nail has fully grown out.


It might sound odd but organic cornmeal is completely safe for the body but can pack quite a punch when it comes to targeting the common fungus, Candida. In a foot bath, place about one cup of cornmeal in two quarts of water. Let the mixture sit for about an hour before placing the infected foot into the water. Soak feet for about a half hour or more. You can repeat this as often as you want.

Lavender Oil

If you only have a mild fungal infection, you may be able to get away with using lavender oil. Apply a couple drops to the nail every night and let the oil remain overnight. Even once the infection looks like it’s gone it’s always a good idea to continue applying the oil for a couple weeks after to prevent it from returning.

If at-home treatments aren’t cutting it, then it’s time you turned to the foot care experts at The Foot And Ankle Center in St. Louis, MO. Even a toenail fungus can be a downright nuisance to treat, but we are here to help!