Ingrown toenails are the most common toenail problem. They may be caused by improperly trimmed toenails, very curved edges of nails, shoe pressure or repeated trauma to the feet from activities. They may also be inherited. Frequently the pain is due to a corn or callus in the groove or (sulcus) of the nail.
Most cases will require conservative treatment, while others may need a minor surgical correction which can be conducted in the surgery using a local anaesthetic.
Thickened nails are 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 the podiatrist.
Fungal infections are among the most troublesome of nail conditions to treat. They are often characterised by thickening, discoloration and separation of the front of the nail from the nail bed. In some cases the nail crumbles. These infections tend to stay in the nail if they are not treated, and can infect the nail bed.
There are a range of anti-fungal medications available for treatment. Your podiatrist can assist with the trimming and care of out-of-shape nails.