Dr. Gary B. Feldman, DPM stands apart from most doctors in many ways. He has provided exceptional podiatric care for over 30 years at three convenient locations. In addition, he makes house calls if needed! This Bayside foot specialist provides services that cover a wide range of conditions. These include gentle routine and diabetic foot care, foot injury care, orthotic therapy, hospital or office based foot treatment, and laser treatments for toenail fungus. He uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. We know that many people may feel anxious about coming to the doctor, so it is our goal to make your visit with us as pain and anxiety free as possible. From the moment you walk into our office, you will receive a warm and friendly greeting from our staff. We treat all of our patients like family.
Toenail fungus is diagnosed through clinical cultures and identification of the involved organism. It is usually a thickened and yellowish-brown discolored nail plate surface. In most cases, the infection starts at the end of the toenail and progressively involves the remainder of the plate. The vast majority of fungus nails are asymptomatic or painless and for many, are more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Most authorities agree that fungus nails are not contagious between people but a progressive involvement from one toe to another is still a confusing issue for many. Dr. Feldman, your Bayside foot specialist, is skilled at treating toenail fungus using technologically advanced laser treatments.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of lasers to treat toenail fungus in 2013. Lasers produce coherent light energy of a sufficient strength and of a specific wavelength, which when projected into tissue is absorbed, producing heat and destroying tissues. Other tissue components are unaffected and are therefore spared. It is proposed that some lasers might work by heating up the nail sufficiently to discourage fungal infections. Another approach to laser treatment of the nails uses a fractional CO2 laser to burn holes in the nail plate through which topical antifungal medications can effectively penetrate. To discuss the use of lasers for your toenail fungus, or to learn about Dr. Feldman’s other podiatric services, give this Bayside foot specialist a call today.