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Learn about toenail fungus prevention and treatment

Did you know that toe fungus is the most common nail disease among Americans and that an estimated 14 percent of 100 million people have toe fungus?

We know it isn’t the prettiest topic to talk about, but with toe fungus impacting so many of us, you must know your options when it comes to treatment.

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, we offer the best treatment options for toe fungus which includes our innovative laser treatment along with the use of Tolcylen. 

What is Toe Fungus?

This is an uncomfortable nail infection caused by fungi such as yeast or mold. The most common forms of toe fungus include Trichophyton rubrum, T. mentagrophyte, and Candida albicans.

Our toenails’ plates range from 0.25-1 mm in size. They are hard, slightly elastic, convex shaped, and translucent. Toenails are made of 40-50 layers of dead, flattened, and keratinized cells. 

The fungus can live in a layer of the dead skin around the nail, in the nail, and even under the nail. Toe fungus causes discolored thickened, brittle, and crumbly nails. It can also cause pain when walking or wearing shoes. We can also mention here that the nail might detach and fall if it’s not treated.

Laser Toenail Fungus Therapy Treatment

Our FDA approved Laser Toenail Fungus Therapy treatment fights off toe fungus by heating the tissue beneath the toenail to a high enough temperature where the fungus can no longer survive. 

In fact, this is one of a limited number of laser treatments to treat fungal toenails that have been cleared by the FDA.

Unlike other treatment options, our laser therapy is painless, no anesthesia is required. And there is zero downtime after the treatment. Many of our patients resume their exercise routine that very day. 

The laser treatment is fast, taking only about 30 minutes each session. It is also effective, with most patients usually only needing one treatment. During the treatment, patients can feel warmth, but 80 percent of our patients see improvement in the appearance of their toenails after just one treatment. Below are images that prove the efficacy of this treatment.

(Pictures below: Before Treatment – Left and After Treatment – Right)

toe fungus laser treatment
toe fungus medication

What makes the Arizona Foot and Ankle Center different? 

Dr. Di Nucci treats ALL 5 toenails of the involved foot, even if they are not all infected yet. 

In addition, second laser treatment 3 months after the original treatment. and medication is included in the price.

Medication for Toe Fungus Treatment

We also use highly effective Tolcylen in the treatment of toe fungus. This is a well-researched medication that was originally developed as a prescription topical medication as a nail renewal treatment solution is now offered for the prevention and active treatment of nail disease.

Tolcylen combines 2 antifungal agents known as tolnaftate and Undecylenic acid. Combining these antifungal agents along with cosmetics ingredients including Urea, lactic acid, propylene glycol has delivered extraordinary results to our patients. 

fungal nail


As you can see from the pictures above, we have great results over the past few years with our new medication and laser technology.

What do you do when suffering from toe fungus?

Schedule an appointment with our office to discuss which treatment from our skilled podiatrist in Scottsdale is right for you!

The Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona

Please keep in mind that our laser treatments are not covered by health insurance, including Medicare. We do offer individual plans and accept cash, credit cards, or by Care Credit for patient’s convenience.

Only a limited number of consultation appointments are available. If interested in learning more about our toe fungus treatment plans, please call today to see how we can help you: (480) 342-9999


Dr. Kris Dinucci