Toenail issues are commonly encountered by all ages and activity levels. Here at Performance Podiatry, we come across various forms of nail changes, including increased curvature and thickness, ingrown toenails, brittle nails or ridges, discoloration and toenail infection. Podiatric dermatology literature indicates that as our age increases so too does our likelihood of toenail conditions presenting in our feet.
Toenail treatments we provide
General Nail Care
As you age and circulation reduces you are prone to fragile, brittle or thickened nails. With time our strength, flexibility or eyesight may not allow us to trim our own nails. Our team at Performance Podiatry will assist with trimming, thinning and maintaining toenails, allowing the nails to grow in the most desirable and comfortable way.
Fungal nails are a stubborn condition to treat. Common signs are thickening and lifting of the nail, and discoloration (often yellow, green or white) with crumbling on the nail surface.
Without treatment, fungal toenail infections tend to stay in the toenail. Our practitioners will thin your nail and use a mixture of a number of treatment options, including toenail fungus laser and topical medication to reduce the infection while your nail is thin and treatment penetrates best.
Ingrown nails can be experienced by people of any age and can be extremely debilitating. Depending on severity, we offer various treatment types to best suit you. If your in-growing nail causes mild pain and is a new condition, conservative treatment involving toenail trimming and ensuring the nail edge is smooth works effectively.
In addition, if your symptoms persist or have been ongoing, our team can perform a simple nail surgery procedure using local anaesthetic (either a Total Nail Avulsion or Partial Nail Avulsion).
Causes of a thickened toenail may be trauma to the nail bed (from tight shoes or lots of walking), a fungal infection, psoriasis, or reduced circulation to your feet. Our team can quickly and gently minimise the thickness of your nails using files and a machine burr.
Bruised or Bleeding Toenails
Bruised toenails can occur because of a direct trauma or a repetitive trauma (such as from running or other sports). When the nail is bruised it may be left to grow out. However, sometimes it is dealt with by releasing the blood that has built up underneath the nail and is causing pressure on the overlying nail plate or underlying nerves. This can be done using a completely painless technique that our skilled podiatrists perform regularly. There is no need to use old fashioned techniques such as a hot pin through the nail, any longer!
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From assessment and diagnosis to extraordinary treatment, every step of your journey with us will deliver you the ultimate podiatric experience, resulting in healthier and happier feet.
Book a consultation with our podiatrists in Sydney (Macquarie St), Darlinghurst and Randwick to discuss your condition and we’ll get you pain-free and back to full function as smoothly and quickly as possible, so you can return to the activities and life you love.