Common nail conditions and treatment
INGROWN TOENAILS are the most common toenail problem.
THICKENED NAILS is a common condition.
Usually it’s the result of injury to the nail bed, such as dropping something heavy on your toes or fungal infection.
They can be easily and painlessly thinned down by a Friendly Feet podiatrist.
OTHER INFECTIONS cause inflammation of the matrix and inflammation of the tissue adjacent to the nail (paronychia).
In people with lowered immunity, this may sometimes lead to serious complications, including more widespread infection extending up the leg.
Friendly Feet podiatrist can detect such infections early and form a suitable treatment plan.
TRAUMA to the nails may lead to permanent nail deformity.
This can be cared for by regular, non-painful podiatric treatment, involving filing and possibly the use of a special drill.
Older people with poor circulation are prone to fragile or brittle nails.
Many older people do not have the strength, flexibility, or eyesight to trim their nails, especially if the nails are deformed.
They should seek podiatric care for these services, and advice regarding safe self-care.
Taking care of your nails
Trim toenails straight across to a length just below the end of the toe. Do not round off the corners – this can cause ingrown toenails.
Use a strong pair of nail clippers.
After clipping, smooth nails with a file or emery board, using downward strokes.
Wear only properly fitted shoes, not short or narrow ones.
Wash feet regularly, especially between the toes, and dry thoroughly.
Wear socks or stockings that are not too restrictive.