Nail Conditions that may be Confused for Fungal Nails

Have you recently noticed some changes to your toenails that don’t look too good?

Are you wondering what it could be?

Have you now become a victim of the dreaded “fungal toenail infection”?

Is it possible that your nails might not be infected with fungus, but could possibly have something else wrong with them? After all, a lot of nail conditions can present very similarly.

Let’s look at a few classic examples of nail conditions that may be mistaken for fungal nails: Read more

What is Nail Psoriasis and How do I Know if I Have It

Are your toenails or fingernails looking a little different lately? Are you noticing changes that include any of the following?

  • Colour change: Your nails may change colour to a greenish, yellow or brown colour. In some cases, there may appear to be red or white spots underneath.
  • Surface changes in the nail bed: Sometimes ridges or grooves in your nails, or what we call “pitting”, which look likes small pinprick holes also known as “oil-drops” on the surface of the nail plate.
  • Build-up of debris: This can look like chalky-white debris building up into the sides of the nails. Sometimes this extra debris can cause some pain and discomfort, because this process can cause the nail to lift.
  • Nail thickening, brittleness and breakage
  • Nail separating from the nail bed
  • Pain and tenderness in the nails (especially in the fingernails)

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How do shoes cause bunions , corns, hammer toes, ingrown toenails ?

It is a well observed and well documented fact that poorly fitting footwear can cause foot problems to arise in people who previously had no foot troubles. Whilst fact remains, people often still persist with shoes that are either too narrow or too small for their feet and often present to podiatry clinics with a number of different problems. Some of the most common problems I have seen in patients who have presented to the clinic are listed below and have often had footwear choice as major contributing factor to the development of problems. Read more

Laser Treatment vs Chemist Products for Fungal Toenails

Laser treatment for onychomycosis (aka fungal toenails) has been around for several years. After its success in the U.S.A, it eventually made its way to Australia. Podiatrists at first were hesitant on using laser treatment but it didn’t take long before some leading podiatrists proved that it’s safe and effective, and putting smiles on people’s  faces. Soon the treatment became more available and almost accessible in all parts of Sydney. In the Sutherland shire, we are the only clinic to provide the treatment.

The treatment has been available at our clinic since December 2014, and its popularity is growing. The treatment is scientifically proven to be effective in about 70% of cases. Our clinical experience with the treatment has also displayed similar results. Read more

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

What is an Ingrown Toenail ?

Ingrown toenails are a very common condition that presents to the podiatrist. An ingrown toenail is a very lay term that a person uses when they feel pain on the side of the toenail. This typically will involve inflammation, swelling and infection. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes there is neither redness nor infection, which can suggest another reason for the pain.

How does an ingrown toenail occur ?

An ingrown toenail is caused by the nail piercing the skin beside it leading to inflammation. If the skin is broken, this can lead to a local infection also.

Common causes of ingrown toenail are:

  • Incorrect cutting of the nail, leaving it too short or with a sharp corner or leaving a nail spicule.
  • Tight footwear can cause the nail and the skin to be pressed firmly together
  • Curved toenail can predispose you to an ingrown due to its odd shape
  • Trauma through sports or hitting a hard object with your toe
  • During a re-growth of a new nail
  • Pedicure salons can cut nails incorrectly, leaving you with a sharp corner or nail spicule

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Diabetes and your feet – Part 3

Steps to care for your feet and keep them healthy

Having looked at the potential risks to the feet of a person with diabetes, this final installment will look at appropriate steps to take to keep the feet healthy and safe from potential injury and/or complications.

The Diabetes Association of Queensland has presented a 5 step protocol towards attaining healthy feet. The steps follow the below:

  • Caring for your feet

Wash and dry you feet daily ensuring that you dry well inbetween the toes. The best way to do this would be to use a towel.

Prevent the skin on your feet from getting dry by rubbing moisturiser daily. Moisturisers like sorbolene, vitamin E and aloe vera creams are a good way of maintaining moisture. It is important to remember however not to put moisturiser inbetween the toes as this region should be as dry as possible. Wearing socks also helps keen the skin from becoming dry.

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How to Keep Nail Fungus Away

How to Keep Nail Fungus Away

The best way to fight nail fungus is to prevent it in the first place. Once the fungus gets under the nail it can be difficult to remove simply because of its location. The nail will turn a white or yellow colour and it may take prescription medication to destroy the fungus present. There are many who turn to a podiatrist in order to get proper treatment.

However, preventing the condition from occurring in the first place will save you a trip to the doctor or having to get medication to cure the condition. Here are a few tips to help keep your nails clean and clear of a fungus infection.

How to Prevent Nail Fungus from Occurring

While you may not be able to provide each toe or fingernail with 100% protection, you can go a long way towards creating an environment when the fungus will have a difficult time entering the nail. Read more