Custom Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre
Photodynamic Laser Therapy
For Nail Fungus
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), is a form of phototherapy involving light and a photosensitizing chemical substance, used in conjunction with molecular oxygen to elicit cell death (phototoxicity). PDT has proven ability to kill microbial cells, including bacteria, fungi and viruses.
When the photosensitive agent is irradiated with a certain wavelength of light, it changes the energy structure of the photosensitive chemical, and becomes very destructive to adjacent cells.
Photodynamic therapy has a wide variety of applications. Here at Custom Foot Clinic, we use the Genesis Health Lights for photodynamic treatment of toenail fungus. There has been much published research on its effectiveness. In our office, we have seen very encouraging results.
The photosensitive agent specific to toenail fungus is a pharmaceutical grade blue dye, methylene blue. The typical course of treatment involves a series of 4 sessions. In each session we will apply a generous amount of the methylene blue, and apply the medical light to the affected nails for several minutes. We will also often debride/ reduce the thickness of the dead nails such that the dye has the best penetration possible. We complete each treatment 3 weeks apart such that the entire treatment spans just over 12 weeks. After the 4 treatments are complete, we typically see our patients every 4-6 weeks so that we may clean the dead nail as much as possible and expose the healthy regrowth. This is an important step in making sure that the infection does not return. We also provide our clients with a complete home care regimen, so that treatments are even more effective and we see results sooner.
How much will this cost?
There are many different lasers on the market to treat toenail fungus. Some come with very high treatment prices, and others much more reasonable. The light we use is a cold laser which is much more cost effective than its counterparts. This allows us to offer treatment at a reasonable price. This is much more affordable and accessible to our clients. Each treatment is billed individually and can be stopped at any time if the client chooses to do so with no further obligation. The grand total between the 4 photodynamic laser sessions including nail care equals approximately $350. These treatments are typically covered under employee health benefits chiropody/ podiatry services.
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