Toenail problems occur in people of all ages. Problems include ingrown toenail, fungal infection and nail deformities. Professional care from your podiatrist can improve the health of your toenails. Causes of nail problems include trauma, ill-fitting shoes, poor circulation and infection. Problems with toenails can be successfully treated by a podiatrist.
A common problem treated by podiatrists is ingrown toenails. The big toe is particularly prone to this painful condition. Incorrect trimming technique, trauma, nails that naturally curve too sharply, or wearing tight shoes can cause an ingrown toenail. Suggestions on how to prevent an ingrown toenail include trimming nails straight across rather than rounding off the edges, and wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes that don’t press on the toes. Treatment from a podiatrist depends on the severity of the injury but in severe cases may include removing the ingrown nail section using a local anesthetic.
Symptoms of a nail with fungal infection include discolouration of the nail, thickening of the nail and the separation of the nail from the nail bed. Without treatment, the nail bed itself can become infected. Treatment options include anti-fungal preparations and professional trimming, shaping and care of the nail by your podiatrist.