HILLS PODIATRY CENTRE


INGROWN TOENAILS

What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails also known as onychocryptosis in medical terminology are a painful condition where the nail grows into the skin. Usually the worse an ingrown toenails is the more painful it can be. Ingrown toenails can limit exercise, change your work ethic and the use of enclosed shoes.

An ingrown toenail (Onychocryptosis) can be due to either of the following:

·       Trauma

·       Involuted (curved) nails

·       Ill-fitting footwear

·       Poor nail care

·       Nail picking

·       Poor hygiene

The problem is often recurrent and patients generally report multiple episodes of infection. An ingrown toenail is caused by a piece of nail protruding into the side of the nail sulci skin or nail bed. This allows a portal of entry for bacteria which cause infection.

Treatment involves a minor procedure to remove the offending nail particle. This will provide instant relief, however sometimes this becomes a chronic problem and a local anaesthetic Partial Nail Avulsion is required. This provides a permanent solution in 85% of cases.  

If you have an ingrowing nail or know someone who is suffering from an ingrown nail, podiatrists are the most qualified health professional to treat this condition.

Don't wait until the pain gets worse, until you address the ingrowing nail, the infections and pain will just keep returning. 

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 


PLANTAR WARTS

Plantar warts or Verrucae Pedis are a painful lesion caused by a Virus in the skin known as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Plantar Warts initiate as a result of transmission of the virus through cuts or breaks within the skin.  Walking bare footed in areas around public showers or pools are a common reason of contracting the virus. Plantar warts are painful and can be very contagious unlike corns, which look similar. Warts have no skin lines running through them. They are often painful upon squeezing and have small black dots which represent the blood vessels within the wart tissue.

How are plantar warts treated?

·       Chemical cautery- using strong chemicals to breakdown the tissue of the warts. This results in irritation and alerting of the immune system to address the virus. This may involve up to 6 Weeks of treatment.

·       Freezing/burning with liquid nitrogen.  

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 

FUNGAL NAILS

(ONYCHOMYCOSIS)

What is a fungal nail?

Onychomycosis is the term for fungal nail infection which often causes thickening and discolouration of the nail plate. Often callous (dead skin) breaks down and builds up beneath the nail plate. Sometimes the nail will even change shape and become thickened. Of all the different conditions of fungal infection of the body, nail infections are the most difficult to treat.

Fungi thrive in warm, moist places (such as our shoes). It usually starts at the end of the nail plate and continues to spread under the nail. Sometimes chalky, white plaques develop on the nail and as the infection progresses yellow and brown pigmentation can be visible. 

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 

CRACKED HEELS (HEEL FISSURES)

This is a condition we see often at Hills Podiatry. They can be caused by dry skin or it can be a result of excessive callous formation which splits and cracks under pressure. It is a more common problem in people with weight issue. It may be annoying and very painful.

Your Podiatrist will remove the callous and treat the crackes during your consultation. You will also be advised on a treatment program to prevent their return.  For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.


 
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