Dr. Mark E. Spier is a cutting edge Baltimore Podiatrist. Dr. Spier is known for his work as a reconstructive surgeon and the work he has done on the forefoot. He is currently celebrating his fourth year in using the PinPointe FootLaser for non-invasive treatments of toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus is also called Onychomycosis. As stated in the Physician’s Desk Reference, it affects up to 14 percent of the American population, with as much as 40 percent of that 14 percent being the age of 60 or over. These fungal infections can be contracted by walking through public locker rooms and pool areas without the proper footwear or by improper foot care after highly physical activities. It can also result from athlete’s foot and wearing shoes that are too tightly fit, prohibiting the skin around the toes to breathe.
In the event of a fungal infection, the nail may become thickened and brittle. It can turn a black, green, yellow or white color and the nail can separate from the nail bed. The skin around the nail can become inflamed, turning red or the same color as the nail. The infection can also cause the skin to flake around the nail. Other than the pain caused to the nail and surrounding tissue, most sufferers don’t have other symptoms, although in severe cases, other symptoms may arise.
The PinPointe FootLaser, as used by Dr. Spier, is a short treatment that can be over in as little as 30 minutes. It offers a pain-free alternative to creams and pills and it works much more quickly than the traditional treatments. The laser kills the infection growing under the nail with minor discomfort to the patient, allowing him or her to go on freely with the rest of his or her daily schedule after the treatment.
Dr. Spier and his staff treat their patients with professionalism and courtesy, helping them to get rid of unsightly and embarrassing toe nail infections as quickly as possible. As a leader in podiatry in the Baltimore, Maryland area, he has been able to treat many patients successfully with this new laser technology. Click here to find more about how this Foot Doctor in Baltimore Maryland treats toenail fungus. Mark E. Spier, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, serves the foot care needs of Locust Point, Columbia, Columbia, Timonium, Reisterstown, Owings Mill, Baltimore, Towson, Lutherville, and all of Baltimore County and Howard County.