Podiatrists treat many people who, for one reason or another, simply cannot manage their own toenails and general foot care. In fact, about 50% of all the people that see a podiatrist require general foot care and toenail management.
Lack of flexibility as a result of arthritis in the hips, knees, back or hands, joint replacement surgery or an increase in weight can all result in someone being unable to manage their own basic foot care.
No one should ever be embarrassed about seeing a podiatrist about management of their foot care. Podiatrist have all the instruments available for them to be able to manage any foot or lower limb condition.
Your PODIATRIST has the correct instruments at his / her disposal to treat all nail conditions including Onychocryptosis (ingrown toenails), Onychauxic (thickened) nails, Onychogryphosis (Deformed nails), Onychomycosis (Fungal infected nails), Onycholysis (separation of the nail from the nail bed), or Onychophosis (inflammation around the nail).
Many people, for a variety of different reasons, are no longer able to bend to reach their feet, making cutting their toenails extremely difficult or even painul. These people comprise about 60% of the patients your PODIATRIST sees every single day. Therefore, he / she will be more than happy to assist you with this task too.
Fungal infections are often characterised by thickening, discolouration or separation of the front of the nail from the nail bed. In some cases the nail may become crumbly and flakey. Fungal infections of the nails are among the most troublesome of nail problems because of their difficulty in treating.
Fungi, called dermatophytes, infect the nail.
A person with a fungal nail infection can infect others through communal areas where bare feet are preferred. These include, but are not limited to, baths, showers, swimming pools and spas.
There are a wide range of anti-fungal medication available which your PODIATRIST can advise you about.
Your PODIATRIST can also assist with trimming and caring for out-of-shape nails.
In the most severe cases the nail, or part of it may need to be removed so that a new, non-infected nail can regrow.