Toenail Fungus: Background on treating fungal nails

Toenail fungus infections in the feet became common after WWII. Soldiers brought this problem back from the South Pacific. In severe cases it was called jungle foot. Now it has spread to epidemic proportions in the US. Toe nail fungus is unsightly causing people to wear closed shoes. Toenail fungus can become extremely painful, difficult to cut, cause ingrown toe nails and are unsightly. There are literally hundreds of products and treatments available. This is because there is no one effective treatment for fungal nails.

Current treatment of toenail fungus

Oral medications have been the main stay for the cure of toe nail fungal infections. Nail fungus treatment has been most successful with Lamisil (terbinafine) with an approximate 70% cure rate. However blood tests are necessary due to the fact that side affect exist, especially with the liver. The only topical medication approved by the FDA called Loprox has only an 8% success rate. Other oral medications such as Diflucan and Sporonox are expensive and take months of treatment.

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Laser Treatment: Breakthrough in toenail fungus treatment

Finally there is promising evidence that there is a cure for toenail fungus. To date it is also the quickest, simplest and safest method available.

Laser technology has been a huge breakthrough for medicine.

Now there is laser treatment for toenail fungus. We can treat toenail fungus with laser. Laser treatment for toenail fungus can restore your nails to looking normal. Dr. Schwartz can help. Call the office for a consultation at 925-943-6203.

toenail fungus laser treatment

How it works

It works like this. All living things including fungus have some degree of water content that keeps them alive. If you remove the water that living organism dies.

Laser fungal nail treatment heats up the water content inside the fugues and kills it. The laser is able to penetrate the nail and get to the fungus under the nail. If you have questions about laser treatment for fungus nails call the office of Dr. Schwartz at 925-943-6203.


Side affects

There is no pain, bleeding, anesthesia, or after care. The treatment to cure you of this problem only lasts 15 minutes. You do not need to prepare yourself for this treatment. After the treatment you will need to put antifungal powder in your shoes to prevent a reoccurrence. That’s all you need to do! It sounds too good to be true.


Most doctors are charging $900.00 to $1200.00 for a treatment and if you do not get a cure you are charged half the initial amount again for a second treatment.

This office charges $575.00. After 6 months you are reevaluated. You can call the office of Dr. Schwartz for this treatment at 943-6203.


If there is no significant change you will receive a full refund. If a second treatment is needed as determined by the doctor there is no charge. You have our word on this in writing. Call our office for a consultation at 925-943-6203.

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Dr. Schwartz has been practicing Podiatry in Walnut Creek for over 25 years. Dr. Schwartz is past Chief of Podiatry at John Muir Hospital and is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Paul S. Schwartz

Tel: 925-943-6203

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri : 8:00am - 12:00am
Mon-Fri : 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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1479 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Suite 102
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

FAQS: Questions and Answers

About Laser Treatment For Fungal Nails

How does the laser work?

The laser is a specially designed, patented device that shines through your toenail and vaporizes the germs embedded in your nail bed and nail plate that causes toenail fungus.

Is this laser treatment painful?

The laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no discomfort during or after the treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

It takes approximately 15 minutes to treat all ten toes. We treat all the nails with laser even if they look normal because there may be fungus under the nail that is not detectable to the eye. Expect to have one treatment. If a second treatment is necessary there is no charge.

Does it really work?

There is an excellent laboratory test where fungus growing in a broth is hit with the laser. The laser has to penetrate through a material that has a thickness similar to a thick toe nail fungus. The laser killed the fungus on contact. This paper is available for you to read.

How soon will I see improvement?

On average, a toenail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months. Healthy new growth should be visible within the first 3 months.

Is this treatment safe?

Yes. In our clinical studies there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the use of medication available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser treatment does not.

Do I have to take any drugs as part of the treatment?

No. No drugs or topical ointments are required. In order to treat you over the counter antifungal medications are recommended to prevent re-infection.

Can I walk after the treatment?

Yes, you will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in. The treatment does not harm you in any way.

Does my insurance pay for this?

Currently this procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit.

Is this procedure approved by FDA?

The Laser is FDA cleared for Podiatric and Dermatologic use. There is no specific FDA clearance or approval for laser treatment of nail fungus. Therefore, the treatment is considered off-label and cosmetic only.