Nail pathologies in the toenails
There is a very large number of problems that can present in the nails of the feet, and we are able to diagnose and manage these nail conditions. Some examples of the nail conditions we treat are:
- Ingrown nails: Now, not all ingrown nails require surgery, although this is an option that we can consider long term. Very often the shape of the nail causes footwear to press against the nail edge. We can make adjustments to the nail shape and work towards a non surgical resolution for your pain. If it is especially painful we can anaesthetize the area so you do not have to experience any discomfort during the procedure. Sometimes the biological and physical relationship of your foot needs to be examined, in order to see whether further stability in the foot is required to prevent further nail problems. (i.e. Orthotic therapy)
- Thickened nails: Nails can end up becoming thickened for many different reasons, including fungal infection, nail trauma and metabolic reasons, just to name some. We have highly specialized nail drills that are water cooled and very high technology, to painlessly reduce the thickness of nails, with careful and methodical re shaping of the nail carried out. This is a regular and common procedure, so do not worry about how thick your nails are, just come and see me and we shall rectify the condition.
- Fungal nails: Very often nails can become yellow, thickened and fragile. This is often associated with a condition we call Onycomycotic nails. Pathology specimens will confirm the presence of a fungal infection in the nail. You may then consider topical or oral medications to treat the nail. Clearing out of debris and reduction in thickness of the nail, are helpful in preparing the nail for medications, especially topical ones. Come and see us, if you suspect something.
- Deformed nail plates: Now deformed nail plates can be for many different reasons. Dropping a heavy object on the nail can often damage the nail matrix, a region just behind the nail plate that consists of highly specialized tissue that produces nail plates. Sometimes large curvatures in the nail can appear to be a deformity, when in actual fact it is just the shape of the nail plate. Come into our surgery and we can examine it for you.
If there are any other problems with your toe nails, please ring to book an appointment, and we can arrange for a complete examination of your nail issues.