Nail Fungus Specialist

Francine Rhinehart, DPM -  - General Podiatrist

Francine Rhinehart, DPM

General Podiatrist & Aesthetic Podiatrist located in Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX

Known as one of the most common nail issues that podiatrists treat, nail fungus leads to yellow, brittle, and crumbly nails. If you struggle with nail fungus, contact the office of Francine Rhinehart, DPM, in Dallas, Texas, for an evaluation. Dr. Rhinehart offers the most modern nail fungus solutions, including Q-Clear™ laser treatments, so you can expect an effective solution. Book your nail fungus evaluation through the website or call the clinic directly to schedule.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

Initially, you may notice a few white spots near the base of your nail, and as the infection spreads, your nails become more yellow and discolored. 

Depending on the severity of your fungal nail infection and underlying health issues (like poor blood circulation), you may also experience:

  • Distorted or misshapen nails
  • Brittle or crumbly nails
  • Foul nail odor
  • Nail pitting

Nail fungus can also cause your nails to break easily and pull away from your skin, which can cause serious toe pain. 

How did I get nail fungus?

Fungal organisms grow and spread in areas that are dark, warm, and damp. They may hide in gym locker rooms near the shower or even on a pool deck. If you walk barefoot in these types of areas, you may come into contact with the fungal organisms and develop a nail infection.

Your risk of struggling with fungal nails further increases if you have:

  • A history of athlete’s foot
  • Poor circulation or diabetes
  • Weakened immune system 

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to come in to the office of Francine Rhinehart, DPM, for an evaluation. Dr. Rhinehart examines your feet and talks with you about the treatment solutions that may be the most effective for you. 

How does a podiatrist treat nail fungus?

Dr. Rhinehart proudly offers the latest and most innovative nail fungus treatment solutions. She tries to avoid prescribing oral fungal medications since they can increase your liver enzymes and lead to health problems. 

Topical antifungal nail polishes and ointments may be effective for some, but Dr. Rhinehart also provides in-office Q-Clear laser treatments. The Q-Clear Nd:YAG laser platform is FDA-approved to effectively treat fungal nails. This groundbreaking platform destroys fungal invaders in a short session, perhaps 10-15 minutes. 

While you may need a series of treatments, over time, healthy clear nails start growing in. You’re going to love the appearance of your healthier-looking feet and nails after going through a Q-Clear fungal nail treatment plan with Dr. Rhinehart. 

In addition, Dr. Rhinehart uses the Q-Clear platform to provide a host of other services, including wart treatment, tattoo removal, and treatment of generalized chronic foot pain. No matter which Q-Clear treatment is right for you, you can expect little-to-no discomfort — the small laser pulses just feel prickly. 

Click on the online scheduling tool to book your nail fungus evaluation at the office of Francine Rhinehart, DPM, today. You can also call to schedule by phone.  

Introducing the Remy Laser!


Patient Conditions/Indications

 The Remy is FDA-cleared to treat a wide range of patient conditions from pain/inflammation and onychomycosis… to surgical treatment of plantar and mosaic warts (without the use of anesthesia).

With interchangeable handpieces that can be switched with a simple finger switch, shifting from therapy to fungus… or fungus to surgery… or back to therapy… is achieved smoothly and efficiently.

The Remy can be utilized to treat the following patient foot/ankle conditions:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis & Gout
  • Bone Spurs
  • Bunions
  • Inflammation & Pain Relief
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Surgical Care
  • PTTD/Adult-Acquired Flatfoot
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuroma
  • Shin Splints
  • Sprains & Tears
  • Warts (Plantar & Mosaic)
  • Wound Healing

The Remy can also be used for physical therapy cases.