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You’ve Got Questions About Foot Problems. We’ve Got Answers

Don’t wait to get answers to some of the most common questions about foot pain. Find them in this FAQ for fast tips to help your feet get healthy.

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    Is it covered by insurance?

    Laser treatment for fungal toenails is not allowed by insurance carriers because it is such a new and innovative technology. But we offer competitive pricing and even ‘lay away’ or prepayment options for your convenience!


    How much does it cost?

    Check out our Fungal Toenail Laser Treament Packages here.


    How many treatments will I need?

    Some people start to see improvement in as little as 1 treatment, but for best results we always perform all 3 treatments. We always recommend topical antifungal treatments to be used in conjunction with laser treatments for best results.


    Does it work?

    Hundreds of successful studies have been performed showing the efficiency of the laser therapy. Our office individually has seen vast improvement with the treatment.


    Is it guaranteed?

    We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee with our Platinum Laser Package. Comprehensive care is essential in the treatment of onychomycosis and as such we guarantee clinical clearing with our platinum package.


    Do we accept credit cards for payment?

    We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit card payments, as well as cash and check.


    Is there any maintenance after treatment?

    Fungus is a condition that can come back so we recommend maintenance to prevent reoccurrence. Our maintenance program offers a $99 yearly laser touch up, as well as weekly use of Clarus Antifungal Solution to all nails to prevent recurrence.


    How long have we done laser treatment?

    Our office has had the laser since December 2012. Even in the short amount of time we’ve had this technology in the practice, we have seen significant results.


    Are you responsible for copayments?

    Your copayment does not apply to the laser treatment because it is not billable towards insurance benefits. Laser treatment for fungal toenails is not allowed by insurance carriers because it is such a new and innovative technology. But we have offer competitive pricing and even ‘lay away’ or prepayment options for your convenience!


    Does it hurt?

    The laser treatment is virtually painless. You may just feel a little warmth, in which case the medical assistant will proceed to the next toenail. The warmth is common and nothing to worry about. The laser beam is directed specifically at fungus and the warmth you may feel is your body’s natural reaction to the laser wavelength.


    When should I start seeing results?

    You should start to see results from Fungal Nail Laser Therapy within 8-12 weeks. It varies person to person depending on how fast your toenail grows. You will start to see a fungal free crescent moon shape at the bottom of the toenail start to form. It will take 9-12 months to see a completely clear nail, as it takes that long for the nail to completely grow out.


    Why doesn’t topical alone help?

    In order to properly attack and fight fungus, you need to attack it comprehensively from both inside and outside. We use the laser for internal treatment and the topicals and/or oral medication for external treatment. The topical medication alone is about 30% effective, while when paired with laser therapy is over 95% effective.


    Can I get re-infected?

    There is always a chance of re-infection. Fungus likes dark moist areas so it is always around! We have a product in office we recommend to all of our patients called Shoe Shield. This product helps in preventing cross contamination between your shoes. Another way to get re-infected is by using nail polish that doesn’t have antifungal microbe properties. We use Dr’s Remedy, which is a great product to use to help not cross contaminate other people’s toenails when getting a pedicure. We also recommend wearing sandals at the pool or in the showers at the gym to prevent picking up the fungus from someone else.


    What maintenance is needed?

    Fungus is everywhere, so to keep it at bay we recommend continued treatment with either laser, topicals, or oral medication. Maintenance laser treatments are usually only required once per year, while maintenance topical treatments are usually only needed once per week.


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