Fungal Laser Therapy

New! Zapping your shoes

While we're treating your fungal nail infection, we will also sanitise your shoes for free using ShoeZap®.

ShoeZap® is a 15 minute ultra violet ray shoe sanitiser which:

  • kills the fungus and bacteria that cause Athlete's Foot, fungal nails, foot and shoe odours and diabetic infections
  • keeps shoes microscopically clean and hygienic—without toxic chemical sprays
  • is clinically proven technology, and
  • is easy, safe and effective.

Fungal nail disease

Fungal nail disease affects up to 14 per cent of adults.

It's caused by a fungus that feeds on keratin, a protein in your nails.

The fungus likes moist places such as showers and locker rooms.

If you think you have nail fungus, look out for these tell-tale signs.

  • Thick or distorted nails—your nails, or part of your nails might start to thicken.
  • Brown, white or yellow spots or streaks either in the skin under the nail or in the nail itself.
  • Pain—you might find it difficult to walk and your nails might separate from their nail bed.
  • Brittle or ragged nails.
  • Chalky, dull or powdery nails.
  • Nails crumbling at the outside edges.
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Why laser therapy

Capital Podiatry pioneered laser therapy in Canberra. Since we started offering the service in late 2012 we have treated hundreds of patients.

Laser therapy is the best way to treat nails infected with fungus.

  • It's not intrusive, which means you're not taking medication for several months.
  • It won't interfere with any other medication that you may be taking.
  • It's free of any side effects and harmless to your nail and the surrounding skin.

Depending on how severe your condition is, we recommend two or three treatments four to six weeks apart.

This is because if any fungal spores remain after the first treatment, we want to kill them quickly so they have no chance to reinfect the nail.

We also recommend laser therapy because of the feedback we've received from our patients. Many of our patients have told us that they tried prescription medication and paints for several months without success.


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We slowly trace a laser beam across every one of your toenails for several minutes. We work across each nail in a close cross-hatch pattern.

The laser beam generates heat in the nail and in the fungal colony.

Your nail will feel warm but this feeling quickly fades.

We use a formula to work out how long we need to spend on each nail. The formula is based on the size of your nail and the progress of your infection.

The procedure is safe and you won't need anaesthestics.

We treat every one of your nails because if one of your nails is infected, there's a good chance that your other nails are also infected. After all, they're all together in the same sock or the same shoe.

You can wear your shoes and socks immediately after the procedure.

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Healthy nails

Nails grow slowly so it can take several months to see the nail resuming healthy growth.

It can take 10-12 months for the nail to grow back as good as new.

Our patients typically see new pink, healthy growth starting from the base of the nail.

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Of course, the best thing is to avoid getting a fungus infection in the first place.

It's hard to avoid fungus altogether, because it's embedded in carpets, sports shoes, locker room showers and other common places.

  1. Treat any fungal skin infection on your feet quickly.
    Contact your doctor or podiatrist when you first see the infection, because it's easier to treat if you start early.
  2. Strengthen your immune system.
    If you're run down, you're more likely to pick up bugs, including fungus infections. Look after yourself by eating food rich in antioxidants such as fruit and vegetables and getting enough sleep.
  3. Keep your toenails clean and dry.
    Fungus thrives in dark, wet places, so it is important to keep your toenails clean and dry. To do this, change your socks frequently, use a clean towel to dry between your toes after a shower and make sure the entire area is clean and dry.
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Risk factors

Some risk factors for nail infections are difficult, if not impossible, to change. You're more likely to develop a nail infection if you live in a hot, humid climate, for example. You're also more at risk if you have a health problem such as diabetes that affects your circulatory system.

But other risk factors can sometimes be avoided, such as:

  • working in a humid or moist environment
  • wearing the same shoes every day (try to rotate your shoes so they have time to dry completely)
  • walking barefoot in gym locker rooms and around community swimming pools
  • injuring your nail or the skin around your nail
  • sharing nail files, emery boards or nail clippers (be careful to not use your own nail implements on both your infected and non-infected nails), and
  • having manicures and pedicures in nail salons that don't properly sanitise their equipment. Make sure they use a surgery-rated autoclave after each use. 
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