How Does Laser Toenail Therapy Work? Getting to the Bottom of Onychomycosis Treatment

Many customers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have also gotten laser toenail therapy. Laser light therapy offers incredible potential as a therapeutic option for treating everything from pain to toenail fungus. Over the years, light device  manufacturers have fine-tuned their ability to control the precise output of laser light so that it treats the affected areas, while leaving surrounding healthy tissue alone. The trouble is that many insurers refuse to recognize laser therapy due to the lack in objective research. All that is poised for change, though, as a greater understanding of how laser therapy works reaches the public, creating an increase in demand for these procedures.

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The GenesisPlus Cutera machine is just one of many laser light therapy devices approved by the FDA.
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How Low Level Laser Light Works

Low level laser light therapy administers a precise wavelength of light required to trigger a natural biological response. Most of the time, the light is absorbed by enzymes or proteins within troubled cells, causing overstimulation and inhibited biological function. Furthermore, laser lights accelerate electron and proton transfer, resulting in greater adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — a major driver of cell function.

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Lasers work on many different biological levels.
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How Laser Toenail Therapy Works

According to Bio Optics World, dual-diode therapeutic devices deliver 405 and 635 nanometer wavelengths to treat toenail fungus. “The violet wavelength (405 nm) is believed to target nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-oxidase (NADPH-oxidase), increasing its production of the highly volatile reactive oxygen species (ROS), which has anti-microbial effects,” the magazine explains. “Concurrently, the red wavelength (635 nm) is used to activate immune cells and increase circulation, steps that reinforce the body’s natural defense against foreign pathogens.”

For patients, this means a quick 15-minute outpatient procedure, no side effects, and a better chance at having completely cured toenails after 12 months. Since roughly 10% of the world’s population suffers from toenail fungus, and both topical and oral antifungal agents provide limited success rates, laser therapy offers a more substantial shot at clearing up the pesky problem.

Other Applications for Laser Light Therapy

Toenail fungus is not the only application for low level laser light therapy picking up headlines.

– Chronic neck pain – Erchonia is the developer of an FDA-approved laser used to treat acute and chronic neck and shoulder injuries.

– Obesity – Erchonia also released an FDA-approved device that uses laser light to disturb the cell membrane of adipocytes to trigger the release of stored fats.

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Lasers work on many different biological levels.
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SteriShoe Uses Ultraviolet Light for Sterilization

Ultraviolet light has been known to disturb the replication of fungi, bacteria, and viruses — even deadly ones like MRSA — so it was only a matter of time before manufacturers harnessed this awesome power for consumers to use in their own homes. The ultraviolet light used in the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is different from therapeutic light in that it has not been designed for direct human contact.

Like x-ray light, ultraviolet light must be contained. That’s why our UV devices come with important safety features. Two shoe bags will safely hold your shoes during the disinfecting process, while shielding you from the UV energy. The device will only work when the devices are inserted inside shoes and sealed in the bags. We’ve also included an automatic shut-off in the event that the bags are opened.

Buy your own SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to help prevent recurrences of toenail fungus, as well as athlete’s foot, shoe odor, and diabetic foot ulcers! If you’re already making the investment in laser toenail therapy, then why not order a little added insurance that your toenail fungus won’t immediately return once you slip your feet back into your shoes?

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