Podiatrist in San Leandro, CA
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1300 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 483-3390
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Podiatrists estimate that millions of Americans suffer from toenail fungus. While this may seem like no big deal to those who don't have it, onychomycosis causes these those afflicted to hide their feet in embarrassment from family and friends. Going barefoot or Toenail Infectionwearing sandals and other open-toed foot wear is simply not an option because of:

  • a yellow nail color
  • thick, brittle nails
  • an offensive foot odor

Causes and treatments of toenail fungus

The micro-organism that causes onchomycosis absolutely thrives in moisture and darkness. So, gym locker rooms, swimming pools, showers and of course, sweaty footwear and socks are the perfect breeding ground. Even the best of hygiene, including bathing and frequent changes of socks and sneakers, does not always keep this foot fungus from invading nails and staying around for years. Also, the incidence of toe nail fungus seems to increase with age.

Common treatments have included anti-fungal ointments and creams applied directly to the affected area. Foot doctors claim, though, that patients get discouraged with the minimal results and lengthy treatment time (often up to a full year) associated with anti-fungals. In addition, oral medications can have spotty results and are concerning because they might be toxic to some patients.

Laser treatment of toenail fungus can help.

In recent years, podiatrists have begun using an FDA-cleared treatment for toenail fungus. Called the Genesis Plus Cutera Laser, this innovative device uses the highly focused light from a medical laser to penetrate the nail bed--without need for anesthesia. The procedure is painless, does not affect surrounding tissues and basically has no other side effects. It takes 30 to 40 minutes and can be repeated in subsequent appointments depending how bad the condition is.

Performed in the doctor's office, treatment with the Genesis Plus Cutera Laser really improves the look of the nail. As time goes on, a healthier, more normal-looking nail grows--good news for individuals who have struggled for extended periods of time with onchomycosis.

Foot Doctor of the East Bay

Michael Stein DPM and Zeindelin Ahmad DPM offer their East Bay area patients treatment with the Genesis Plus Cutera Laser. Pleased with its results in how nails look and with how patients feel more confident, Drs. Stein and Ahmad have used the laser on thousands of individuals who desired normal, healthy feet and nails.

The staff at their three locations would be pleased to help you and your family put your best foot forward! Call today for a consultation on toenail fungus, diabetic foot issues or any other concern related to podiatry.

  • In San Leandro, call 510-483-3390.
  • In Pleasanton, call 925-425-9684.
  • In Los Gatos, call 408-356-6767.

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