Toenail Fungus Specialist

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS -  - Podiatrist

Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS

Podiatrist located in Hagerstown, MD & Frederick, MD

Toenail fungus, once it settles in, can be an incredibly stubborn condition to get rid of. Armed with the latest laser technology at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, Daniel Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS, is able to effectively rid your nails of this unsightly and nail-damaging condition once and for all at his center of excellence for nail care. If you’re located in Hagerstown or Frederick, Maryland, call or request an appointment by filling out the online scheduling form.

Toenail Fungus

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, which is also called onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that attacks your nails, causing them to discolor and become brittle. The infection typically starts off as a small white spot in your nail and grows in size, ultimately leaving your nail yellowed and crumbly around the edges. The fungal infection can spread from one toe to another, which makes early intervention key in fighting off the problem.


What causes toenail fungus?

Infections in your nails are caused by a fungus that thrives in dark, damp, and warm environments, such as:

  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Public areas, such as swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms
  • Wet towels
  • Manicure parlors

While most everyone is exposed to the fungus at some point, those who contract the infection are thought to be genetically disposed to fungal infections. As well, those with diabetes or a history of athlete’s foot are also more prone to fungal nails, which require prompt treatment at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute.

How is toenail fungus treated?

At Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute’s center of excellence for nail care, Dr. Michaels has come up with an innovative and comprehensive treatment plan for fungal nails that gets rid of the fungus and prevents it from returning without the use of dangerous prescription medications. The five-step treatment protocol is 90% effective and cleared by the FDA.

The first steps in the process involve applying laser energy to your nails, which Dr. Michaels does over the course of three visits. The laser energy harmlessly destroys the fungus without damaging surrounding tissue or causing any discomfort.

He also supplies you with two topical ointments, which you apply in the morning and evening. To prevent your nails from getting infected again, Dr. Michaels offers the SteriShoe® shoehorn, which delivers UV light energy into your shoes to kill any fungus lingering inside.

The treatment plan takes 3-4 months to completely rid your nails of fungus and allow newer, healthier nails to grow in.

For patients who want to maintain their nails, Dr. Michaels also offers toenail care using highly sterilized equipment and special nail polishes that ward off fungal infections.

If you’d like to prevent fungal nails, call Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

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