Introducing the latest treatment at Betafeet Podiatry for fungal nails

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 12 Jun, 2017

at Hemel Clinic only

By Reggie Simpson

Do you suffer from fungal nail infections? Not only are they unsightly; they can also cause discomfort and pain.

Our Hemel clinic is offering Noveon®, a state of the art laser technology backed by research.

How does it work?

Fungus, bacteria and yeast are prime causes of fungal nail. Yeasts and moulds combine with dampness to cause toenail fungus. Wearing tight-fitting shoes or not letting feet dry out gives toenail fungus a place to grow. Other risk factors include diabetes, a compromised immune system, or an abnormal PH skin level. The likelihood of toenail fungus increases with age, which leads to reduced blood circulation and more risk of exposure.

Noveon®is the safest and most effective treatment option available. The laser is able to kill the fungus using certain light wavelengths that are known to disrupt the metabolism of fungal cells. Once their metabolism has been altered, the fungal cells die. Meanwhile, healthy skin and tissue cells are left unharmed.

The laser works by targeting the infected nail or nails with two unique wavelengths of laser light. Whereas other laser treatments for fungal nails do so at high temperatures (which often cause pain or discomfort during treatment), Noveon® treats at lower temperature levels.

Noveon® treatment also reduces fumes (plumes) which can affect both patient and user. Laser plume may contain carcinogens, irritants and fine dusts. Plumes may also contain viruses and cancer cells, blood fragments, and bacteria spores. They also contain carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and various toxic gases. Plumes may contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, and benzene.

What can I expect with this treatment?

A session involves having the affected toe or toes being hooked up to the Noveon® laser machine (see figure 1). A typical treatment consists of three/four 16-minute treatments, in all around 120 days.

But first there will be an initial consultation 10-14 days before starting your first treatment. This will involve:

·      Signing a consent form and receiving information on the treatment

·      Pre-treatment

·      Q & As

·      Assessment to determine the number of treatments required, which depends on the severity of infection and number of toes infected

·      Photographs of nails before and after treatment

·      Agree post-laser care programme

Is it painful?

There is no pain associated with the procedure, largely due to the lower heat Noveon® generates. There is no need to feel anxious – you are in good trained hands at Betafeet Podiatry!

What does it cost?

Betafeet Podiatry currently charges £600 for the whole cycle of treatment.

What is the success rate?

Based on research, around 95 percent.


By Judith Sullivan 09 Dec, 2017
By Reggie Simpson
By Judith Sullivan 28 Sep, 2017

We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.

Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( ).

Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.

The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: .

Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018): 

‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’

Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer.  Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.

But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.

Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow.   He died in June 2016, aged 74.

Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.

So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.

We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.

The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members. 

I quote the following:

‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.




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