Ankle + Foot Center is the first podiatry practice to utilize the Q-Clear Laser for the treatment of fungal nails in the Tampa Bay area. It is the latest technology for the treatment of unsightly nails. It is a quick in office procedure, safe and effective, virtually painless, with no down time, and is the alternative to prescription medications.
No need to hide your nails!
The Q-Clear laser treatment can effectively and efficiently rid you of ugly unsightly toenail infections in as little as one treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. The mid-infrared laser wavelength penetrates the nail and the nail bed, eliminating the destructive nasty infection thus allowing your own body to revitalize your own nail naturally as it grows out clean clear and healthy.
Call one of our 12 convenient locations to schedule a consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the laser treatment work?
Using one of the most advanced lasers currently available a Q-Clear TM q-switched NdYAG laser, near infrared laser light passes through the nail with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure the fungus is expected to be destroyed. However, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of the nail taking up to 9-12 months.
How is our laser different from most other lasers used to treat nail fungus?
Most other laser systems are not “q-switched” and cannot produce the same effect. Q-switched lasers are capable of producing very high power in extremely short impulses only lasting a few billionths of a second.
Is the laser treatment covered by my healthcare insurance?
No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel any pain during treatment. Some patients may experience a slight snapping sensation, which can be eliminated by decreasing the laser power slightly.
What is the recovery period?
There typically is no need to limit activity. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, contact our office immediately.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced without pain to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser light is then applied to the nails, which typically takes only a few minutes. Overall a typical visit for consultation and treatment will take anywhere between 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
Can the fungus return, or not go away?
The fungal infection is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have demonstrated effectiveness with approximately 80% to 90% of patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In addition, since fungus is present everywhere in the environment, reinfection can occur. Your doctor can recommend preventative strategies to reduce the chance of reinfection.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment. Changing socks and shoes frequently is helpful, as well as controlling excessive perspiration if present.
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. The national average for treatment is between $500 and $1200. However, since our practice offers the most state-of-the-art laser equipment, we can provide the most effective treatment in less time, and at a reduced cost.
Our fees range between $299 and $649 at the present time. Please contact one of our 13 convenient locations for more details or to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for laser treatment.