On Pointe

Safe, in-office laser therapy neutralizes nail fungus.

Like a lot of young girls, Amanda* grew up dreaming of one day becoming a ballet dancer. Unlike most of those girls, Amanda lived that dream for nearly 20 years, until marriage and motherhood forced her to rearrange her priorities.
By then, the damage to Amanda’s feet had been done. All those years of dancing in pointe shoes ravaged Amanda’s toes, leaving them calloused, disjointed and riddled with an unsightly nail fungus that discolored her nails for years.
“At first, I didn’t think much about it,” Amanda, 64, says of the fungus. “I guess I just wasn’t all that self-aware back then. After a while, though, I realized the fungus wasn’t going away and then, no matter what treatment I tried, it never got any better.”
Amanda spent several years trying to get rid of the nail fungus that damaged and discolored her toenails but eventually tired of the effort. She was never comfortable with the way her toes looked.
“It was probably thirty years later that I finally said, Okay, enough; it’s time to do something about this,” Amanda shares. “I didn’t really know where to turn, though, and then one day, I read an article about a doctor who treats toenail fungus in Florida Health Care News.”
The doctor Amanda read about is Arthur D. Clode, DPM, a board-qualified podiatric surgeon at Sarasota Foot and Ankle Center, where stubborn fungal infections are often treated with PinPointe FootLaser® therapy.

Pointe Taken

The PinPointe FootLaser therapy has become Dr. Clode’s preferred weapon of choice for eliminating persistent nail fungus because it requires no blood tests, kills the underlying fungus, causes no side effects and can be done in the doctor’s office.
The in-office treatments take only a few minutes, during which time the laser is passed over the nail in a crisscross pattern to ensure full coverage. The patient usually feels a warm sensation on their toe while the laser is passed but no pain.
Afterward, the patient can walk out of the office and resume normal activities. Dr. Clode recommends the patient return for follow-up visits every three months for a year, which is the length of time the nail needs to fully grow out as a clear nail grows in.
When combined with topical ointments, the laser treatment has an 80 percent success rate, states Dr. Clode, who recommended the treatment for Amanda, who eventually had the treatment done on all ten of her toes.
“It’s been a little more than a year now since I had the treatment done, and most of my toes look like they were never infected at all,” Amanda reveals. “The others have improved greatly, and my plan is to have Dr. Clode continue to monitor those.
“If necessary, I’ll get another treatment for those that aren’t completely healed yet, but as of right now, I am absolutely thrilled with the procedure and the results, and I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Clode.
“He did a great job, and the staff at Sarasota Foot and Ankle Center is so friendly and accommodating. I’d recommend them and Dr. Clode to anyone who has a problem with their toes like I did.”

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