Nail Infections &
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
The science behind Photodynamic Therapy. In 1960, while experimenting with light biostimulation, scientists discovered that certain light wavelengths, such as near infrared, can stimulate cellular activity and in response create more energy. This concept is similar to plants performing photosynthesis. By creating more cellular energy in our body, we are contributing to faster tissue repair from injuries and possible infections.
What is Near-Infrared Light? Near Infrared Light uses wavelengths between 700-1400 nm, which don’t penetrate deep into human tissues. It stimulates the mitochondrial function in cells which increases metabolism and energy production. This mechanism contributes to repairing and healing damaged tissues. By stimulating the mitochondria in the cells, their ATP level is increased. ATP contributes to DNA synthesis, which can accelerate tissue repair.
How do we use Photodynamic Therapy? At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we use our non-invasive Photodynamic Therapy technology to help you with the treatment of toenail fungus.
Always talk to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner before starting any new alternative therapies to ensure that it is best suited for your condition
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is a common and contagious infection called onychomycosis. Here are the common signs of infection:
- Yellow, white, or brown discoloured toenails
- Brittle and crumbling toenails
- Thick toenails
Common causes of Onychomycosis:
Toenail fungus thrives in dark and moist environments, which is exactly the type of condition your feet are subject to. Here are the causes for contamination:
- Shared nail polishes
- Pedicures & manicures from unsterile spas
- Communal showers, pools, and saunas (ex: gyms)
- Excessive wearing of closed shoes and socks
- Nail injury
Toenail fungus does not go away on its own. Early identification and treatments are critical to prevent the infection from progressing. If left untreated, treatments can become difficult as the infection can cause serious complications:
- Infected nail becomes thicker and more painful
- Infection spreads to other toenails
- Infection spreads to skin causing athlete’s foot
- Irritation, rash and redness to surrounding skin
- Increased risk of secondary bacterial infections
- Pain and mobility problems
- Individuals with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and weak immune systems are at high risk of complications
- Transmitting fungal infection to others
How can we help?
Oral medications can have unwanted side effects and interactions. Evidence suggests that a combination of therapies may increase efficacy against toenail fungus. At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we use a non-invasive Low-Level-Light Therapy (LLLT) to help treat Onychomycosis. Combined with proper toenail debridement and methylene blue, our Photodynamic Treatment device uses near-infrared light to deliver safe and effective results. You will be relieved once you see a re-growth of clear and healthy toenails.
Your initial consultation and treatment include a detailed assessment, nail care, LLLT therapy, product recommendations, and your homecare plan. It is important that you clean your shoes, socks, shower, and bed sheets during this treatment to avoid re-infections. Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes per affected area (adjacent toes).
How soon will I see results?
Results can be seen after 4-6 treatments. Depending on the severity of the fungus, more treatments may be needed. No local anesthesia is required, and there is no downtime. Your toenails grow at a much slower rate than your fingernails, because the circulation to your feet is often diminshed compared to your hands. This means that it can take 12-18 months for a toenail to grow our completely, therefore toenail fungus can take time to treat. Be patient and do not give up!
Fungal nail desease treatment plan
Toenail fungus is not just a cosmetic concern. Without proper treatment, the infection can become a significant burden in you life. The good news is that you’re not alone and we can help you. If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, we recommend that you visit your Physician or Nurse Practitioner for proper testing, diagnosis, and the start of a topical treatment therapy that is safe for you. We offer Photodynamic Therapy to increase your chances of a cure. No therapy alone will cure fungus. Keep in mind that working together will go a long way in helping address your fungal infection!
We’ve included below a summary of a few clinic researches that have shown the benefits of light therapy as well as its benefits. Research shows that light therapy stimulates the mitchondrial oxidative metabolism, and in return this accelerates cell and tissue repair. As a result, light therapy can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, increase collagen production and promote wound healing.