A new and highly effective treatment for nail fungus is receiving praise from patients, according to Dr. Marco Ucciferri, a podiatrist with Foot and Ankle Care Associates.

A fungal nail infection occurs when a fungus attacks a fingernail, a toenail, or the skin under the nail, called the nail bed. Fungi can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around your nail or through the opening between your nail and nail bed.

A podiatric physician can detect a fungal infection early, culture the nail, determine the cause, and form a suitable treatment plan. In the past, there have been three main ways to treat nail fungus: surgical removal of the infected nails, application of topical medications, or oral prescription medication, which has possible side effects including liver damage, stated Dr. Ucciferri.

But those treatments are a thing of the past with Clear Nails Now. Using the state-of-the-art PinPointe FootLaser, the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Care Associates are able to safely treat toenail fungus without the use of drugs. Developed by leading scientists and medical professionals over the course of 20 years, the FootLaser is a patented laser device developed to kill toenail fungus. The laser light works by passing through the toenail to kill fungus that lives in and under the nail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding skin. After treatment, the formerly infected nails grow out and are gradually replaced with clear, healthy toenails. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes and usually only one treatment is needed.

Dr. Ucciferri said patients have been very pleased with the results from this new state-of-the-art treatment. "Patients have been embarrassed to go barefoot and wear sandals. For other patients, their nails have become deformed and wearing shoes can also be painful. With the laser treatment, the nail grows back clear and healthy."

Trying to solve the infection without the qualified help of a podiatric physician can lead to more problems. With new technical advances in combination with simple preventive measures, the treatment of this lightly regarded health problem can often be successful.

Foot & Ankle Care Associates LLC has ten physicians and six locations in New Jersey; Hillsborough, Hoboken, Martinsville, Raritan, Manville, and Piscataway. Call 1-866-340-FOOT(3668) or visit their website www.njfootdoctors.com to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Foot & Ankle Care Associates, LLC. 308 Route 206, Hillsborough. 908-829-3426. Locations also in Hoboken, Martinsville, Raritan, Manville, and Piscataway. 1-866-340-FOOT(3668). www.njfootdoctors.com

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