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After the indulgent holiday season, people often feel New Year’s inspiration to get fit and healthy. Gyms are packed with sweaty weekend warriors on elliptical machines, trying to ditch their craft beer bellies. They envision their toned beach bodies on sleeveless summer days while they pound the elliptical.

All we want to do on these dreary Seattle days is hibernate under cozy sweaters, wool socks and fleece blankets. But the thought of warm weather can motivate us to achieve the bodies we wish to have. Plenty of us want tight abs for our bathing suits and toned arms for tank tops, but most are not thinking about the appearance of our feet in strappy sandals or open-toed Keens.

If toenail fungus has you feeling embarrassed about your feet, NOW is the time to start treatment, so that your piggies will look cute and clear for summer. Many people don’t realize that it can take several months for the new, healthy toenail to grow in.

One of the best ways to get rid of ugly fungus toenails is getting treated with the PinPoint Footlaser. It’s quick, painless, and there are no side effects. You can check out our most frequently asked questionsto find out more.

Does your summer body goal include healthy looking toenails? Schedule a free consult at our Seattle podiatry office to discuss your treatment options.

You can reach us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City in Seattle by calling us at 206-368-7000 or requesting an appointment online.

Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is an infection of the nails/toenails that is caused by a group of microscopic organisms called Dermatophytes (Derm=skin and nails Phytes =attracted to or grow within ).  These include the most common fungi that cause both athletes foot and nail fungus, and less common yeasts and molds. The fungus has enzymes that break down the nail plate and allow the strands ( hyphae) of the organism to penetrate the nail.

Where did it come from?

It is theorized that sometime in the late eighteen hundreds of these fungi were transported to the United States from Asia and Africa. The increase in the prevalence is related to our use of closed shoes, synthetic socks that retain moisture, diseases that decrease our immune system’s ability to fight infection, and our ever increasing aging populous.

How do you know if you have this difficult to pronounce disorder?

Look at your toenails. Are they discolored, brittle, unsightly, crumbly, or thick? If so you could have onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

To find out if you do, our Seattle Podiatrists have developed a Comprehensive Laser Toenail Program to eliminate your toenail fungus. Your first visit is complementary. Our doctors will not only evaluate your situation but also educate you about how to keep your feet healthy.

To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


Since the holidays are upon us, you're very likely running around buying gifts for everyone else but yourself. You go home after a long shopping day with sore feet, you take off your socks, and there they are, starring you in the face—ugly, fungal toenails”. Isn’t it time to treat yourself by putting clear, beautiful nails on your Christmas list.

If you have toenails that are discolored, thick, brittle and deformed you very likely have a fungal infection called onychomycosis. The infection can also spread to the surrounding skin.

What causes fungal nails?
Fungus is everywhere in our environment. Fungal organisms love moist, tight, dark places. Shoes and boots give fungal organisms the perfect place to grow. Socks are also a great breeding ground for fungus.

Also, certain factors put you and you loved ones at greater risk for this syndrome: family history, increasing age, nail trauma, and poor health such as diabetes. Fungus canalso  be transmitted among family members. So if you have this condition it’s important to keep your feet to yourself and be sure to change your socks daily.

How is it treated?
Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat. Doctors often use oral medications and monitor the liver to ensure the drug has caused no damage. Even though oral medications are successful when patients are on them, often when the course of treatment is over the fungus comes back. Patients have tried a variety of topicals including, vinegar, tea tree oil, and even Vicks. None of these treatments work.

Our Seattle podiatry office has been using the PinPoint FootLaserTMsince January of 2013. Our laser patients have been very happy with the results.

"After four months I am extremely pleased with the results. My wife said I had the nastiest looking toe nails. After one laser treatment, and following Dr. Berg's directions my nails have shown great improvement. Three nails on each foot are clear of fungus to the look and are a pretty pink. The other four nails have had a fungus reduction of 50% or more."
-Craig O.

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is fast, painless, and has no side effects. You’ll be in and out of the office in 30 minutes.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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