Podiatry

Toe Nail Care

Toe Nail Care for Both Men and Women

As a rule people think of podiatrists as only doing a toe nail trim and file. This is correct to a degree, but the reality is, it only takes up a small amount of a podiatrists time. However toe nail care is vital for everyone from the young to the older adult. People with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis should always have a podiatrist care for their feet, allowing on-going monitoring for safety. Ingrown toe nails are very common, and while we can all easily get them, young males in particular present often with this condition. Sometimes these can be cleared up simply by removing a nail spike, other times it may need a partial removal of the nail. Nails should be transparent and almost colourless, but should have a pink look due to the rich blood supply to the nail bed. Nails can take an unusual appearance for many reasons such as infection, injury, disease to the nail as well as other diseases within the body. It may also be due to a hereditary component.

Commonly toe nail conditions include the following:

  • Excessive curvature of the nail
  • Thickening of a nail
  • Discolouration of the nail
  • Tenderness with redness around a edge of a nail
  • Spoon or dish shaped nail
  • Fungal infection of the nail
  • lifting of a nail.
While these may appear to bean inconvenience, they should be attended to immediately. Unfortunately feet can be easily hidden, or we have difficulty viewing them and as a result we can't actually see the condition of their toe nails. People with diabetes must be encouraged to see a podiatrist on a regular basis for nail care which also allows on going monitoring of there feet and lower leg. If left alone complications may develop. Podiatry care is not based on a cosmetic service such as that performed at nail spas salons, as podiatry adopts performs a medical approach to foot care and correctly trim, and treat if necessary any nail disorders. Helpful Tip: When attending nail spas, take your own nail polish. This way you know the nail polish brush has only been used on your toenails and hasn't been used on a previous fungal infected nail.