Nail Fungus – What Can Be Done?

Nail fungus low-level laser therapy

At Waverley Foot Clinic, we specialise in treating fungal nail infections, a prevalent issue that continues to rise each year. Once a nail becomes infected, the fungus produces an enzyme that breaks down the nail protein, resulting in discolouration, thickening, and gradual deterioration of the nail structure. Please visit our nail fungal treatment page for a comprehensive understanding of the infection process.

Nail fungus infection spreads

Once a toenail becomes infected with fungus, it begins to release spores that can easily spread to other nails or even the opposite foot. These contagious spores can linger within socks and shoes, posing a significant risk as they come into contact with both feet. The initial stages of such an infection often go unnoticed, allowing multiple toenails to become infected before the full extent of the fungal nail infection is realised.

Athlete’s foot infection

Fungal spores can also penetrate the skin of the feet, just like they do with nails. The fungus releases an enzyme that enables it to break down protein in the skin, resulting in a flaky dryness between the toes or on the soles of the feet. The skin infection, similar to the fungal nail infection, generates spores that can spread and potentially exacerbate the infection.

Lunula cold laser treatment fungal nail infection results

Lunula Low-Level ‘cold’ Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has emerged as a widely used treatment option around the globe. At Waverley Foot Clinic in Farnham, we have harnessed the power of this technique with remarkable success for the past three years.

Our approach involves utilising laser wavelengths of 635nm and 405nm, falling within the cold spectrum. The intricacies of this technology often spark inquiries about the underlying science, which we must admit is quite complex. Recently, a breakthrough study presented by the esteemed Dr Mark Nestor, MD, PhD, showcased the efficacy of low-level laser therapy in effectively treating fungal nail infections. Dr Nestor’s enlightening presentation sheds light on the remarkable technology behind cold laser therapy and provides valuable insights into the treatment of nails:

At Waverley Foot Clinic, our unwavering commitment lies in embracing the latest advancements in laser therapy. We take immense pride in delivering exceptional care, ensuring optimal results for our esteemed clients. Rest assured, we always strive to stay at the forefront of the industry, providing top-notch treatment with utmost dedication.

For a consultation on treating fungal nail infections at Waverley Foot Clinic, please contact 01252 716611. Mr Jonathan Kirk, our skilled podiatrist, will provide expert guidance on resolving both fungal nail and skin infections, addressing any queries you may have with utmost care.

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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 Foot 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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