City podiatrist takes steps to alleviate common foot ailment

Nelson Gonzalez, James Street Footcare Centre uses the new fungus machine on a patient.
Nelson Gonzalez, James Street Footcare Centre uses the new fungus machine on a patient. Nev Madsen

YOU might not like to talk about it, but Toowoomba podiatrist Nelson Gonzalez believes we need to face the facts about foot fungus.

The common ailment affects eight in every 10 people which now, thanks to a new German technology, can be alleviated.

The James Street Footcare Centre is the first clinic in the Toowoomba where people can access photodynamic therapy.

Mr Gonzalez said the treatment was an alternative to drugs and topical treatments.

It works by exposing the fungus, bacteria or virus to a specific light wavelength.

Targeted cells are then painlessly killed, without harming healthy tissue.

"It was launched Australia wide this week, but at the moment, we are the only ones on the Darling Downs that have the machine," he said.

"It is an alternative to oral medications which can cause damage to the liver and kidney in some people and topical applications like creams."

He said foot fungus was a growing problem as more people became involved in sports and showered in public facilities.

Topics:  feet fungus podiatry

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