Medical Minute 3-22: Zapping Away Foot Infections

By: Melissa Medalie Email
By: Melissa Medalie Email

Delia and Manuel Cisneros love to dance, but for many years, they were both afraid to show off their foot work because they both had foot fungus.

Podiatrist Doctor Gabriel Maislos says chronic toenail fungal infections have been tough to treat.

"Historically, we had topicals that were 8% effective. Then you had the pill, which was Lamisil, but as you know, it can have an adverse affect on your liver and it's only 70% effective. Now we have the laser, which is 87% effective," said Gabriel Maislos, D.P.M. Podiatrist.

The doctor follows a grid-like pattern, passing an infrared laser over the toenail to kill the pathogens causing the infection, leaving the nail and surrounding tissue intact.

"We're able to kill the fungus at the source," said Gabriel Maislos, D.P.M.

In a clinical trial testing one brand of laser, the infection was eliminated in 50% of toenails tested after four treatments. Six months later 76% of patients had clear nail growth.

"I kid you not, in about a week, week and a half, I saw the difference," said Manuel Cisneros.

The Cisneros saw results quickly, but doctors say it usually takes about four months to see a difference as the nails grow out. The treatment costs about one- thousand dollars. Delia says it was worth it.

"I'm just gonna go shop … shop, shop, shop, for shoes," said Delia Cisneros.

A couple hoping to kick their toe fungus problem for good.

For more information: Ivanhoe Broadcast News2745 W. Fairbanks Ave.Winter Park, FL 32789http://www.ivanhoe.comMelissa Medalie, Supervising Producer Medical Newsmmedalie@ivanhoe.comDirect Line: (407) 691-1516Viewer Line: (407) 740-0789 ext. 579

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