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Fungal Nail

Fungal Nails & Lacuna Method

Gosforth Foot Clinic

Nail fungi are very easy to catch and can be highly contagious. 

First we recommend having a diagnosis from your podiatrist who will confirm that treatment is appropriate. Often you may not have a fungal infection and it may be something else.


Traditional topical fungal nail treatments which are available over-the-counter at your pharmacy are effective, but only on certain types of mild infections.


It is important to be aware that no treatment exists which can fix a fungal nail instantly. Once this damage has been done, we cannot restore that damaged part of the nail.


The goal of fungal nail treatment is to kill any active fungi within the plates of the nail, which will allow the new ‘fresh’ nail to grow out and not be re-infected.


It takes anywhere between 6 and 12 months for a big toe-nail to fully grow out.

What is The Lacuna Method™?

The Lacuna Method™ is a treatment for fungal nails that involves drilling micro-holes painlessly into the damaged nails. 

This allows an anti-fungal agent to directly reach the infected skin under the nail.


Your practitioner will advise you on the frequency and duration on the application of your anti-fungal treatment.


As the is nail "dead" the holes will remain and will grow out naturally with the nail

What causes fungal infections?


Fungal nail infections are caused by fungi, yeast and dermatophytes that naturally live on our skin. When trauma to the nail occurs i.e. trauma from footwear or stubbing your toe,

the fungi can invade and thrive under the nail plate. 


In the moist warm environment of socks and shoes the fungi thrive, causing damage, thickening and discolouration of the nail. 

this most commonly affects the big toes, however, all nails are vulnerable.


Treatment is notoriously difficult as the nail plate acts as a barrier, shielding the area and creating the perfect warm & damp environment underneath for bugs to over-populate.

before and after Gosforth Foot Clinic checkup

How do i know i have a fungal nail?


You may have noticed some changes in the texture, quality and colour of your nails, sometimes it is noticed after nail varnish or gels have been removed. Typical first signs tend to be a yellow or brown discolouration, nails may become thick, crumbly or brittle. Nails can become distorted, misshapen and may lift from the nail bed losing their healthy shine.


 Fungal Nail Signs:

  • Thickened Nails

  • Crumbly or Brittle Nails

  • Distorted in shape or Lifting

  • White, Yellow or Brown Coloured Nails

  • Nails without a Healthy Shine

Lacuna Method for Fungal Nails :

  • A pain Free Safe Treatment

  • Making Micro holes in the nail plate allows an anti-fungal medicine to reach the point of infection under the nail directly .

  • Continued once a day, application of an anti-fungal agent allows the nail to grow out healthily.

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