Laser Care and Aesthetic Podiatry
We offer state-of-the-art laser services for nail fungus, warts and scars to keep your feet looking their best. In addition we offer Keryflex nail restoration for damaged and diseased nails.
State of the Art Laser Care for Nail Fungus, Warts, and Scars
Until now, the traditional approaches to nail fungus treatment have been limited to oral drugs that are associated with adverse side effects, sometimes severe, and prescription topicals and home remedies that by themselves have not proven to be effective. OrthoNeuro is proud to offer a scientifically proven state-of-the-art laser treatment for nail fungus that puts patients’ safety and comfort first. Laser treatment for nail fungus, which has been FDA cleared now for a couple years, is on the fast track to as the “gold standard.” This procedure is noninvasive and takes about a half hour to complete. OrthoNeuro’s laser is the American-made, industry leading, “best in class” Cutera GenesisPlus. Not only do we successfully treat nail fungus at our Laser Center, we also perform laser treatment for painful warts and unsightly, thick scars.
Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus
Half of all Americans are infected with toenail fungus by the age of 70. It’s caused by several common types of microscopic fungal organisms that are everywhere in our environment. Signs and symptoms of nail fungus infection, known as onychomycosis, include; nail discoloration, nail deformity, a foul odor, and pain. Left untreated, nail fungus may cause your nails to be permanently deformed. This is of special concern for people with diabetes, circulatory problems or immune disorders. Nail fungus infection is both a medical and cosmetic condition that can have a serious impact on quality of life. Infected toenails may cause pain while walking and engaging in more rigorous activity. The cosmetic symptoms can cause an embarrassing social stigma that can inhibit routine activities, such as wearing sandals, going swimming or taking off shoes and socks in the company of others. Traditional approaches to nail fungus are largely limited to oral drugs that are associated with adverse side effects, sometimes severe, and prescription topicals and home remedies that by themselves have not proven to be effective.
OrthoNeuro is proud to offer a scientifically proven state-of-the-art laser treatment for nail fungus that puts patients’ safety and comfort first. The laser system precisely delivers light energy to the nail and surrounding tissues destroying the fungus and promoting the growth of healthy, clear nails. Following the procedure, the nail becomes clearer and healthier-looking as it grows out. This painless procedure is noninvasive, has no harmful side effects and takes about a half hour to complete.
We encourage you to visit our office for a consultation. The procedure will be discussed and you will be evaluated as a potential candidate for laser nail fungus treatment. The Laser Center at OrthoNeuro offers a comprehensive laser treatment program for nail fungus supported by the latest clinical data.
Laser Treatment for Warts and Scars
Warts are painful, unsightly viral infections of the skin. Warts may be flat, raised, round or irregular in shape. They can infect virtually any area of your body. One common area that warts infect are the soles of the feet (plantar warts). Laser treatment for warts is a well-established, safe and effective option that we are pleased to now offer at our laser center. For simple, solitary warts, one laser treatment is usually all that is required. Within 2 to 3 days, the treated wart darkens forming a scab that may open slightly while healing. In 2 to 3 weeks, healthy skin replaces the treated skin signifying that the virus has been eliminated.
When the skin does not heal normally as a result of injury or surgery, a raised (hypertrophic), sometimes painful deformity of the skin is evident. The resulting scar may be several shades darker than the surrounding skin. An extreme example of an abnormal scar is called a keloid. Laser treatment for scars is a painless, fast option to reduce scar thickness and discoloration. The number of treatments required depends on a few factors including patient skin type and type of scar. Usually 2 to 4 treatments are necessary for optimal results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Napolitano to discuss laser treatment options for your scar problem.
Keryflex Nail Restoration System
Keryflex Nail Restoration System is a new technique that improves the appearance of nails damaged by fungus and other conditions. Keryflex uses polymer resins and special activators to create a durable, yet flexible artificial nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light.
How is it done?
The podiatrist first removes most of the damaged nail using a special nail clipper and file or Dremel. After the old, damaged nail has been removed the podiatrist will begin the process of restoring the appearance of the nail. First, the bonding agent is applied to the remnant of your natural nail to attach the new nail. Next, Keryflex Resin is modeled to your nail bed and cured with a special frequency of ultraviolet light for two minutes. The new nail is then further shaped as necessary.
When the podiatrist completes the procedure, you will leave the office with a natural-looking nail. No change is activities is required with Keryflex nails. Nail polish and remover can be applied without affecting the new nail.
OrthoNeuro Physicians that Treat this Condition:
Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., D.P.M., CWSP, FACFAS
Podiatry & Wound Care
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Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., D.P.M., CWSP, FACFAS
Dr. Napolitano is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician. (CWSP). He specializes in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He was the first podiatrist in the state of Ohio to earn the board certification Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP). Areas of special clinical interest and research include: general podiatric medicine and surgery, wound care and healing, diabetic limb preservation and surgical limb salvage, digital joint replacement and preservation surgery in the foot, lower extremity dermatology and infectious diseases, custom foot orthotics, gait analysis and athletic shoe gear consulting, aesthetic podiatry and laser care.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio which is now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Heritage Valley Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was fortunate to earn both academic and music scholarships as well as honors and distinctions throughout his undergraduate and professional schooling career. Undergraduate honors include Baldwin Wallace College Greek Man of the Year, Tri-C Jazz Festival Outstanding Musician Award, and Omicron Delta Kappa academic leadership honorary. While at medical school he was named to Who’s Who in American Universities medical school division and earned clinical honors in Surgery, General Medicine, Biomechanics, and Orthopedics. Dr. Napolitano has always enjoyed lecturing and teaching and was part of the faculty for the Heritage Valley Health System Podiatric Surgery Residency Program and the University of Pittsburgh Podiatric Surgery Residency Program. He also has participated as a preceptor for the Athletic Training Program at Denison University. Volunteer and philanthropic endeavors have included serving on the Board at the Stonybrook Early Learning Center, serving as a Committee Member for the Cub Scouts of America and participating in the medical team for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports and Fitness Classic.
“I strive to educate my patients thoroughly about their problem and offer a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan both medical and surgical. I believe healthy feet are the foundation for healthy living and will do my very best at all times to keep you active and moving along life’s journey—whatever your interests and wherever your feet may take you.”
Dr. Napolitano is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Wound Management. He is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association. He holds clinical privileges at numerous area hospitals, surgery centers, and wound care centers.
When not practicing medicine, Dr. Napolitano enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. His broad interests include music, golf, fishing, and mountain biking. Of particular interest is jazz music. His main instrument is the trumpet. Over the years he has studied and performed with members of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
- Board Certifications
American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
American Board of Wound Management
Bachelors of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Music, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
- Medical School
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Heritage Valley Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Professional Affiliations
American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (Fellow Status)
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (Diplomate Status)
American Board of Wound Management (Diplomate Status)
American Podiatric Medical Association
Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association
- Hospital Affiliations
Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
Mount Carmel East
St. Ann’s Hospital and Wound Care Center
Licking Memorial Hospital and Wound Care Center
New Albany Surgery Center
Central Ohio Surgical Institute
Pickerington Surgery Center
- Board Certifications