Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails that can affect the nails of individuals of any age. Generally, these fungi are found on the outer layers of the skin and slowly spread on to the nail plate. Treatment of onychomycosis can be complicated because these fungi live in dead tissue, where it’s hard for medication to effectively reach.
Topical medications for your feet are able to eliminate fungus on the surface, though they can’t reach the stubborn microorganisms under the nail. Often they’re used with oral prescriptions since that medication is able to target the fungus more directly. Some oral treatments work, but they carry a risk of liver damage that our doctors can discuss with you. Most experts agree that surgically removing the nail plate does not reflect current thoughts as state of the art treatment.
Lasers, on the other hand, have become a technologically advanced approach to the treatment of a variety of human diseases. Lasers produce a strong, coherent light energy at a specific wavelength that the nail tissue absorbs in a unique way. This produces heat and destruction of the offending germs. With the use of lasers, tissue surrounding the affected area remains unharmed.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*