Our Podiatrist serving serving Greensburg, Somerset, Mount Pleasant & Shadyside, PA is an expert in treating a wide variety of skin & toenail conditions including:
LASER THERAPY FOR TOENAIL FUNGUS
The HyperBlue PLUS laser is FDA cleared to emit energy in the visible and infrared spectrum, to provide topical heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain or stiffness, minor arthritis pain, or muscle spasm, the temporary increase in local blood circulation, or the temporary relaxation of muscle. At Laurel Podiatry, we use this laser in the treatment of stubborn toenail fungus.
Podiatric fungal infections can prove more than just embarrassing. The irritation and itching of a fungal infection can keep you from running your farthest, wearing your best shoes, and truly going the distance in your daily life. Luckily, many nail infections respond to routine, in-office procedures. If you're suffering from an infection, the staff at Laurel Podiatry and The Foot and Ankle Laser Institute may recommend nail fungus laser treatment for rapid recovery.
LAUREL PODIATRY NAIL LASER TREATMENT
While many common fungal infections respond to topical creams and ointments, these treatment options often take time. Some treatments can take as long as a month to begin to show results. For a faster solution, we may recommend nail treatments using the HyperBlue laser. With this procedure, approximately 80% of patients see a difference after a single treatment. The average patient sees long-term results in three to four appointments.
When you come to Laurel Podiatry for laser treatment, expect the following:
Short treatment time: The laser treatment can take as little as 10 minutes to treat nails on both feet.
Simple process: Unlike some other treatments, laser application requires no additional tests, has no side effects, and requires no recovery time.
Painless procedure: While some patients report a warming sensation, few feel any discomfort.
Don't suffer the prolonged discomfort of a fungal infection. Talk with our Foot Doctor to determine whether or not our nail laser treatment can help you. Schedule a consultation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for nail laser treatments. Make an appointment with our Foot Doctor, Dr. Echard, to reclaim your foot and ankle health today.
At Laurel Podiatry, many of our patients fear coming in for treatment of an infected ingrown toenail. They come in with excruciating pain and we get to send them home feeling a whole lot better.
Toenails with corners or sides that dig painfully into the skin. Ingrown toenails are usually caused by improper nail trimming, but can also result from shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure. Women are more likely to have ingrown toenails than men. The problem can be prevented by trimming toenails straight across, selecting proper shoe styles and sizes, and responding to foot pain in a timely manner.
Treatment for ingrown toenails is performed by gently numbing the toe, and then removing the offending corner of the nail. If you have chronic ingrown toenails, we can remove the root in the office to permanently prevent re-growth of the ingrown portion of the nail.
If you have an ingrown toenail, don't be afraid to make an appointment with our Podiatrist. Your treatment will be gentle and virtually painless, and we'll get you back to your normal activities right away.
WARTS (PLANTAR WARTS)
At our practice, Laurel Podiatry, we offer many wart removal treatment options. Foot Warts (Plantar Warts) are a common foot condition that we treat in our practice. If you have one or more growths on the bottom of your foot that may or may not be painful, chances are it's a plantar wart.
LASER & AUTOIMMUNIZATION TREATMENT FOR WARTS
An option I've used successfully for over 20 years is the use of lasers with an autoimmunization. The laser will destroy the tissue down to what is know as the basement membrane (this is the junction between the outer skin, the epidermis, and the next layer, the dermis). Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have roots. They only extend to the bottom of the epidermis. CO2 lasers can effectively and precisely destroy only this "warty tissue" and do not cause surgical scars.
The second part of my treatment is an autoimmunization. Prior to using the laser, I first excise one single wart and set it aside. I will remove some of the epidermal tissue from the specimen and will then make a small incision over the inner part of the arch of the foot and imbed the wart into a small muscle belly in the foot. This produces what is known as cell mediated immunity. It takes several months for this to "kick in" but provides the patient an added benefit in getting rid of recalcitrant warts and immunity to the virus.
The procedure is usually done with some light sedation. The patient walks immediately in a surgical shoe and the single suture is removed in roughly one week. Pain is minimal and complications are extremely rare. If you or a family member has been suffering from painful or unsightly warts, come in for a consultation.
ATHLETE'S FOOT (TINEA PEDIS)
What is Athlete's foot ((tinea pedis)? Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection affecting the web of skin between the toes and the soles of the foot. Symptoms typically include burning, pain, itching and scaling.
Athlete's foot is highly contagious. People pick up these fungal infections when walking barefoot on contaminated floors and object. Athlete's Foot can even be passed from person to person.
Although Athlete's foot can be treated with anti-fungal medications, you should always try to keep your feet dry, wear cotton socks and "breathable shoes".