Nail Fungus Treatment, What Can Be Done?

Nail fungus low-level laser therapy

At Waverley Foot Clinic, we specialise in treating fungal nail infections, which have been on the rise year after year. When a nail becomes infected, the fungus produces an enzyme that breaks down the protein in the nail, resulting in discolouration, thickening, and weakening of the nail structure. For a detailed understanding of this infection, please visit here.

Nail fungus infection spreads

Once the fungus infiltrates a toenail, it starts producing spores. These microscopic particles are effortlessly released into the air, making it easy for them to spread to other nails or even the unaffected foot. The spores can lurk within socks and shoes, presenting a significant risk as these items are frequently worn on both feet. In most cases, the initial stage of the infection goes unnoticed, allowing the fungal nail infection to progress undetected across several toenails before its true extent is recognised.

Athlete’s foot infection

Fungal spores can also invade the skin of the feet, much like they do with nails. The fungus releases an enzyme that aids in breaking down protein within the skin, leading to visible symptoms such as flaky dryness between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Just like with a fungal nail infection, the skin infection generates spores that spread in a similar manner, potentially exacerbating the extent of the infection.

Lunula Low-Level ‘cold’ Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has become a widely adopted treatment method embraced by medical professionals worldwide. At Waverley Foot Clinic in Farnham, we have been utilising this approach with remarkable success for three years.

The treatment employs laser wavelengths of 635nm and 405nm, falling within the cold spectrum. Often, we are asked about the intricate science behind this technology, which indeed is complex. Recently, Dr Mark Nestor, a distinguished expert with an MD and PhD, presented clinical research demonstrating the efficiency of Low-Level Laser therapy for treating fungal nail infections. In his enlightening presentation, he detailed both the technology itself and the process by which nails are treated.

If you’re seeking a consultation for the treatment of a fungal nail infection, Waverley Foot Clinic is here for you. Contact us without delay at 01252 716611. Our skilled podiatrist, Mr Jonathan Kirk, will provide expert guidance on resolving fungal nail and skin infections, addressing any questions you may have along the way.

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Jonathan Kirk - Lead Chiropodist / Podiatrist and Practice Owner | MChS BSc (Hons)

Mr Jonathan Kirk is the proud owner and manager of Waverley Clinic. With a diverse background in healthcare, he first embarked on his professional journey as a Registered General Nurse. Subsequently, he carved out a successful career in the UK medical industry, excelling in sales and senior management roles. As his passion for podiatry grew stronger, Jonathan made the decision to further his education as a mature student, pursuing a BSc (Hons) degree in podiatry. Now, he resides in Farnham, utilising his extensive clinical and podiatric expertise to benefit his patients.

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