Many of our patients seek our help in the treatment of various infections of the foot. And that’s because we do more than merely treat the infection. Toenail fungus, for example, is one of the many conditions that we treat. If you’re looking for a laser podiatrist in Brooklyn with a treatment approach that revolves around paying attention to all the details of the body, not to just the problematic or infected part, then it’s time you visit the office of Dr. Howard Dinowitz.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. Toenail fungus is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. The nail often becomes darker in color and smells foul. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails. If ignored, the infection can spread and possibly impair your ability to work or even walk. Treatments may vary, depending on the nature and severity of the infection. Dr. Dinowitz can detect a fungal infection early, culture the nail, determine the cause, and form a suitable treatment plan. The latest treatments available are the use of various lasers. Our laser podiatrist in Brooklyn utilizes the Pinpointe laser, which is approved for the partial, temporary clearing of nails. For years lasers have been used safely on the foot for wart and other skin conditions. These are the same type of lasers that are being used to treat nail fungus. This is an excellent choice for patients not wanting to take oral medications. After the patient is examined a treatment course is then advised. Having treated fungal nails for many years, Dr. Dinowitz has come to the conclusion that the treatment of fungal nails is a process and not an event. My patients are given specific instructions on how to prevent re-infection.
You should always visit a podiatrist when you notice any discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. The earlier you seek professional treatment, the greater your chance at getting your nails to clear. At the office of Dr. Howard Dinowitz, we view the person as a sum of all the body parts. For example, we will not treat just the foot as a foot problem but we will address other aspects of the body which have a correlation. This allows us to treat the whole body, not just your fungal nail. We can treat the problem at the core, not just take away the symptoms of it. By making Dr. Dinowitz your laser podiatrist in Brooklyn, you’ll be one step closer to having healthy and happy feet. Call our office today to learn more about our treatment options and laser foot care.