HOW WE CAN HELP…
Toenail problems are relatively common in people of all ages. They can become thick, brittle, curved, discoloured, infected, bumpy or grooved. In some cases, the nail falls off and a new one grows. As we grow older, we are more likely to develop toenail problems.
what will the nail treatment involve?
- Ingrown Nails
If the ingrown nail is mild, a conservative toenail trimming will be sufficient, however in most cases a simple surgical procedure (called a Partial Nail Avulsion) is performed by our podiatrists under a local anesthetic. Please see here for more information on ingrown nail surgery.
- Thickened Nails
A single thickened nail is usually the result of injury to the nail bed, such as dropping something heavy on your toes, or fungal infection. They can be easily and painlessly thinned down (with a burr) by our podiatrists.
- Fungal Nails
Among the most troublesome of nail conditions to treat. They are often characterised by thickening, discolouration and separation of the nail from the nail bed. In some cases, the nail crumbles. These infections tend to stay in the nail if they are not treated and can infect the nail bed. Our podiatrists will cut and thin the nail, applying an anti-fungal treatment to combat the infection (this is repeated a number of times over a 2 week period). Please see here for further information on fungal nail treatments.
- Ageing Nails
Older people with poor circulation are prone to fragile, brittle or thickened nails. Many older people do not have the strength, flexibility or eyesight to trim their nails, especially if the nails are deformed. Our podiatrists can assist with trimming, thinning and maintaining toenails for those with limited mobility.