Using specialised podiatric equipment we are able to reduce the thickness and re-shape nails effectively. There are multiple causes that can lead to thickened toenails such as poor circulation, nail fungus, trauma/injury and some skin conditions that can affect the toenails.
Corns and Callus
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Corns have a central core which will often cause pain with direct pressure. Both can be removed efficiently and painlessly. We also assess the cause of the formation and give recommendations on prevention.
Dry, cracked heels can not only be unsightly but can be quite painful. Small fissures in the skin that can become painful and bleed. The good news is that baby smooth heels are achievable with a little elbow grease and help from your podiatrist. Treatment involves painless scalpel debridement and education on maintenance and prevention.
Fungal Nail Infections
Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discoloured, brittle and thick, and may crumble. Treatment includes reducing the nail down, making it as thin as possible and starting topical treatments to the infected toenails.
Also known as “athlete’s foot” is a common skin infection of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet. It is caused by a fungus and may spread to the palms, groin, and body. Treatment may include taking samples and sending them to Labtests to confirm diagnosis. If fungal, we can start you on a range of topical treatments. In severe cases, a referral to your GP may be needed to get oral medications.
Verruca and Warts
They are small rough lumps on the skin caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) which causes a reaction in the skin. The shape and size of warts vary, and they can easily spread on the foot. Treatment of verruca varies depending on the size of the lesion and the health of the person. Treatments include: Occlusion therapy (Duct tape therapy), Silver nitrate sticks (75%, Salicylic acid Treatment (60% and 70%), Multiple Puncture Technique (Dry Needling) and Surgical removal under local anaesthetic.
An ingrown nail occurs when the nail starts cutting into the skin next to the nail which can be painful and can cause infection and inflammation to the skin next to the nail. Treatments can range from conservative treatment to surgical correction. Conservative treatment involves reducing the nail and clearing the sulci. Permanent correction of ingrown nails is a very commonly performed procedure here in our clinic. It offers permanent relief of a very painful problem that sometimes lingers for years.