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FUNGAL NAIL TREATMENT CLINIC

“Very professional staff, very polite and explain everything to you about the treatment. I would recommend this clinic to everyone.”

Dr. Bryan Scotson Smith

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5 Star rating on Trusted Practitioner.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SAFE, EFFECTIVE FUNGAL NAIL TREATMENT WITH PROVEN CLINICAL RESULTS, WE CAN HELP.

We are a Centre of Excellence

At our podiatry clinic, we take immense pride in being a recognised Center of Excellence for fungal nail treatment. Our commitment to providing the highest quality care is reflected in our selection as a participant in National Clinical Trials, underscoring our commitment to excellence and innovation in this field.

Experience the difference at our trusted Center of Excellence and embark on a journey to healthier, more beautiful nails.

Fungal Nail Infection Specialists

  • Proven Success: Our treatments have delivered outstanding results to numerous patients, restoring their confidence and nail health.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilise the latest technology to provide precise and efficient treatments.
  • Safe and Painless: Our treatments are designed to be safe and painless, ensuring your comfort throughout the process.
  • Expert Podiatrists: Our team of skilled podiatrists possesses years of experience and expertise in treating nail conditions.
  • Clinical Trial Participation: As a participant in national clinical trials, we are dedicated to advancing the field and offering the most effective treatments.

Begin Your Journey to Healthy Nails…

Every day, we encounter various fungal nail infections, ranging from mild cases affecting a couple of toes to severe conditions affecting all ten nails. 

Many individuals have invested in over-the-counter nail lacquers, only to find that they provide relief in just 22% of cases. Consequently, some resign themselves to hiding their affected nails, unaware that the problem often spreads further.

Fortunately, advancements in technology have led to a better solution. In most instances, fungal nail infections can now be treated safely in a clinical setting.

A Breakthrough in Treatment: Photodynamic Activated Treatment (PACT)

Unlike traditional laser treatments for fungal nails,  PACT allows us to target the fungus precisely, with numerous advantages:

  • No harm to surrounding healthy cells
  • Clinically proven with high success rates
  • No known side effects
  • Highly targeted, non-invasive, and pain free

What is PACT Treatment?

PACT, more precise than traditional lasers, has been used in various medical fields since the 1990s to treat wound infections, tumours, and skin diseases.  It is a method used across specialisms ranging from Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Oncology, and wound care to name a few.  Podiatrists use the technology for the treatment of fungal nail.  It works by using light at a frequency close to, but not in, the infra red level, selectively targeting fungal cells with clinical precision while sparing healthy ones and leaving them unharmed. The result is a treatment with no known side effects and over 90% effectiveness, making it one of the best fungal nail treatment methods available.

AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH US WE WILL:

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Diagnose the condition

Conditions like psoriasis of the nail must be ruled out, as they can be mistaken for fungal nail infections. Differentiating between them is crucial for appropriate treatment. Many patients mistakenly treat non-fungal issues, such as psoriasis, thinking it’s a fungal infection, leading to ineffective outcomes.

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Assess for underlying skin conditions that need to be treated first

For example, tinea pedis can often be present without the patient knowing, but it must be treated before curing fungal nail. This can be simply done, by following the podiatrist’s instructions given during your initial consultation.

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Explain your options and develop a personalised treatment plan

We’ll discuss treatment options’ pros and cons, enabling you to decide your next steps. If treatment isn’t suitable, we can offer fungal nail care, or nail surgery. Visit our nail surgery page for details on nail removal.

Initial Consultation
Price: £79

Examples of PACT treatment results…

Below are just a few of our own case studies.  The patients below had their final reviews at 6 months and these photos showcase their nails at this point (nails can take 18 months to fully grow, depending on each individuals rate of nail growth).

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What Patients Say…

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Paul

After decades of seeing a fungal toenail deteriorate and spread to 2 other toes, I saw an advert for the foot clinic and was interested in the laser treatment. As it was local, I popped in to find out more. I must say, I found the cost projection and the many months duration for the treatment ( and the small possibility of it not working!) very daunting at first, but decided, after a few hours deliberation to go for it. From the initial examination of my feet to the final appointment, I received lots of informative advice, knowledge of the condition and the factors which lead to infection, treating shoes, socks, bedclothes, how parts of the feet work etc. I asked loads of questions all of which were answered. The treatment was successful, my nails are improving slowly with the new growth. I would certainly recommend the clinic to others.
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Ann Thomas

I came to the clinic with fungal nail infection in 2 toe nails. In the clinic Iws first assessed and then received pact treatment on both nails. Although I had to travel some distance for appointments , it has been well worthwhile as it has been successful so far. Without exception all the staff are very friendly caring and helpful. After treating the infection at home topically with prescription medication for several years this had been both tedious and unsuccessful. I am delighted that my nails now look healthy. It has been a pleasure receiving treatment at the clinic and I have no hesitation in highly recommending the clinic to anyone.

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Jason Spooner

I came to the clinic with verrucas and a nail infection that I have had for years. After my initial consultation i was advised to take the following treatment ,PACT for the nail infection and SWIFT for the verrucas . The results have been amazing the verrucas that i had for 20 plus years have completely gone and the nail infection has cleared. All the staff have been very helpful with treatment and advise. I would highly recommend the Foot Clinic to anyone .

Google reviews:

Karen Koziol
Karen Koziol
2023-11-11
A good treatment with positive and knowledgeable feed back from friendly podiatrist. Thank You.
Nicky Beddard
Nicky Beddard
2023-11-04
Couldn’t have asked for a better service
Andrew McQuillen
Andrew McQuillen
2023-10-27
Very nice staff from walk in to walk out. I had two issues resolved without problem.
Martin Gray
Martin Gray
2023-10-26
Thank you to Ben and the team a quick visit to sort out a problem.
abs
abs
2023-10-10
Friendly, professional and helpful service.
June Heyes
June Heyes
2023-09-26
From the moment you walk thru the door very welcoming and professional. Very happy with the work done on my feet and the end result. Will definatly visit again if need be.
Aleksandra Glijer
Aleksandra Glijer
2023-09-22
Great treatment, very friendly and knowledgeable staff, highly recommend!!!
Jason Coppen
Jason Coppen
2023-09-20
My first visit today, great experience. If like me you’ve been putting off getting your feet sorted, dont! I wish I’d gone ages ago. Highly recommend!
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After decades of seeing a fungal toenail deteriorate and spread to 2 other toes, I saw an advert for the foot clinic and was interested in the laser treatment. As it was local, I popped in to find out more. I must say, I found the cost projection and the many months duration for the treatment ( and the small possibility of it not working!) very daunting at first, but decided, after a few hours deliberation to go for it. From the initial examination of my feet to the final appointment, I received lots of informative advice, knowledge of the condition and the factors which lead to infection, treating shoes, socks, bedclothes, how parts of the feet work etc. I asked loads of questions all of which were answered. The treatment was successful, my nails are improving slowly with the new growth. I would certainly recommend the clinic to others.

Paul


I came to the clinic with fungal nail infection in 2 toe nails. In the clinic I was first assessed and then received pact treatment on both nails. Although I had to travel some distance for appointments , it has been well worthwhile as it has been successful so far. Without exception all the staff are very friendly caring and helpful. After treating the infection at home topically with prescription medication for several years this had been both tedious and unsuccessful. I am delighted that my nails now look healthy. It has been a pleasure receiving treatment at the clinic and I have no hesitation in highly recommending the clinic to anyone.

Ann Thomas


I was schedule for surgery on my foot, which would greatly improve my painful walking condition. Unfortunately I had a fungal nail infection & needed to have clear enough for the surgery to take place. I goggled for places that completed this treatment & chose the foot clinic in Darlington. From the first visit I knew I had chosen the right place. From the welcome at reception in to the clean clinical rooms, with experienced & knowledgeable staff, I felt my issue was in the right hands. The treatment & costs were fully explained as was the length of time it would take. My operation went ahead, & has made a difference to the quality of my life, meaning I can walk without pain, none of this would have been possible without the care I received from Ben, Nicola & Corrine. My last visit was tinged a bit with sadness as I had enjoyed my visits & chat with the staff, & looked upon them as friends. The treatment was as successful as I could have wished for, & equally the clinic has the most up to date treatments & equipment for many ailments. I was surprised at just how much they offer, from full gait assessments, to treating fungal nails..they do it all. I can not recommend this clinic & all that work there , highly enough. If you need anything these are the people to call.

Patricia Robinson



EXCELLENT. The PACT treatment really works and ended up costing less than the over-the-counter so called remedies from the chemist. The staff are lovely and the offices bright and clean. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

Pat Hamilton

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Pat Hamilton

“EXCELLENT.  The PACT treatment really works and ended up costing less than the over-the-counter so-called remedies from the chemist.  The staff are lovely and the offices bright and clean.  Couldn’t recommend it enough.”

Ready for healthier nails?

Book an appointment by calling us on 01325 639025 or book online.
Saturday, weekday and evening appointments are available.
We are based in Darlington, Co. Durham in the North East, just a few miles from Stockton and Middlesbrough in Teesside/Cleveland, and North Yorkshire.

Frequently asked questions

What happens in a PACT treatment?
The first step is to thin thickened nails to ensure the fungus is penetrated. This involves the Podiatrist using an electric burr to thin the nail. This is a painless procedure and takes around a few minutes per nail. After this the foot is placed under the PACT machine, which, depending on the severity of the infection, for most people takes between 20 minutes to half an hour.

The treatment plan is safe, quick, pain free and highly effective and does not require a GP referral. It is also safe and effective for use on patients with Diabetes. PACT Treatment does not use any drugs or acids.

How long does the fungal nail treatment take to work?
The sessions are short and effective, however waiting for the new nail to grow takes a few months. Everyone’s nails grow at a slightly different rate but commonly healthy new nail growth is evident at between 3 and 6 months.
What are Fungal Toe Nails?

Fungal onychomycosis is an unsightly, and for many embarrassing, problem affecting around three in every 100 people in the UK. They are more common in men and as you get older. They can involve all or part of the nail, including the nail plate, nail bed and root of the nail, often starting along the outside rim of the nail which turns whitish-yellow, brown or green.

What is a fungal nail infection?

Also known as dermatophytic onychomycosis, or tinea unguium, the responsible fungus is usually the same that causes athlete’s foot – a common infection of the skin of the feet, especially between the toes. In athlete’s foot the responsible fungus lives in the keratin that makes up the outer layer of the skin. When the fungus spreads to the keratin of the nails, the result is a fungal nail infection.

What does fungal nail look like and how do I know if I have it?

The toe nail will often look thick and yellow and as it becomes more severe it will become difficult to cut. As it spreads into, or underneath, the nail plate it can cause pressure on the end of the toe due to their thickness which in turn causes pain. It can also cause a distinctive odour in more severely affected nails.

How could I have developed the condition?

Dermatophytes (fungi) are usually found in warm, humid places such as bathrooms and swimming pools, etc. Athlete’s foot, another type of fungal infection that infects the skin between the toes, is very contagious and may also cause one or more nails to become infected.

How can I be sure that I’ve got Fungal Toe Nails?

Our experienced podiatrists can usually diagnose through a visual inspection. Occasionally, a sample of your nail clippings may need to be taken and analysed for further clarification. There are some conditions which can also change the appearance of your nail e.g. psoriasis so it is important to ensure that a fungal infection is present.  If a test is required this can be done on the spot using a dermatophyte test testing kit.  70% of cases can be visually identified by a specialist podiatrist, however in 30% of cases to ensure it is not misdiagnosed, further testing may be required.

Is the treatment for toenail fungus the same as for fingernails?

Yes.  The same nail infection is responsible for both.  Therefore, toenail treatment is the same as that used for nails on the hand.  We are able to offer treatment for both toenails and fingernails.

How does oral medication compare with other treatments? Which is the best treatment for fungal nail infection?

Oral medication can be prescribed by your GP, but it often has to be taken for 3 months or longer, and can have a heavy impact on your kidneys and liver, with only a 56% cure rate. Terbinafine (which is the most common oral medication) occasionally causes a potentially very severe allergic reaction and can make some skin conditions worse, and in rare cases it can affect the sense of taste permanently. You can also experience headaches, itchiness and diarrhoea whilst on the oral medication. It can also affect your kidney and liver so often your GP will arrange monthly liver and kidney function tests whilst you are on medication.

Topical treatments, such as lacquers, that have to be applied everyday for between 1 and 2 years only have a 22% success rate, but they are not likely to cause side effects and it is therefore deemed a safe treatment option. The topical treatments used most often are amorolfine nail lacquer and tioconazole nail solution. Alone, they may not be able to clear the deeper parts of an infected nail, though regular removal of abnormal nail material with clippers or filing can help with this.

PACT treatment has no known side effects and has a 90% success rate.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment is a series of sessions over 8 months

Is there anything else I need to do?

Preventing reinfection is really important to having a good outcome. It is important that socks and hosiery are washed on a hot wash (60 degrees) during the treatment. Shoes will need to be treated with an antifungal preparation. A homecare mycotic solution should be applied during the treatment process and any fungal skin infection will need to be treated at the same time. Your podiatrist will be able to advise on the best strategy for all of this to ensure you have the best results. Fungal infections can spread easily, so it is important not to share nail clippers or scissors and also to disinfect your shower floor and wear flip flops in gyms and swimming pools, to minimise chances of cross-infection.

Most people present initially with the condition in the toenail but it can affect fingernails as well.  The advice for both finger and toenails is the same in terms of e.g. hot washing towels, not sharing nail scissors etc.

If fungal nail treatment is not suitable what can I do?
If the treatment is not suitable for you, as a dedicated fungal nail clinic we can also manage the condition and provide fungal nail care, rather than treat, if that is what is required.  We can also provide fungal nail removal if that is deemed the best way forward.  For more information on fungus nail removal please see our nail surgery clinic page.
Where is the clinic?

We provide fungal nail treatment in Darlington, less than an hour’s drive from Teesside/middlesbrough/cleveland, Leeds, York, Durham and Newcastle/Gateshead/Tyneside.

What geographical area do we cover for treatment?

Patients travel from all over the North to access the treatment, with many coming from the larger areas in the North East and North Yorkshire of Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton, Teesside, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Tyne-and-wear, York, Yarm, Durham, Cleveland, Thirsk and Northallerton.

 Helpful Tips…

We have compiled helpful videos to answer common questions. These videos cover topics like the treatment process, the difference between fungal nails and other conditions, and the potential consequences of leaving fungal nail infections untreated.

Do you have to treat a fungal nail infection?

Will a fungal nail infection spread to other nails?

So fungal nail and why it can be difficult to get rid of?

Is it possible to get rid of fungal nail?

Why does fungal nail spread to other nails?

Is it ever too late to treat fungal nail?

Fungal nail and damaged nails look so similar, how do I know which I have?