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One of the most common problems that can affect feet starts in the toenails. Adequate foot care isn’t limited to the muscles, bones and tendons in your feet; your toenails need appropriate care to avoid pain and infection. If you experience any discomfort or signs of infection in your toenails, visit your local chiropodist for the appropriate care and treatment.

Our HCPC registered chiropodist and podiatrists here at Doncaster foot clinic can help remedy your foot problems by recommending the most appropriate course of treatment. Whether you need simple medication or further action, the podiatrists at your local foot health clinic can help you out.

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are one of the most common toenail problems that affects 1 in 5 people in the UK, ingrown toenails can easily be treated by a podiatrist. It might be tempting to try and handle an ingrown toenail on your own, but this can lead to complications. If left untreated, they can become extremely painful, so shouldn’t be ignored.

Your chiropodist can assess the severity of your problem, and will advise on the very best course of action. In mild cases, your podiatrist can painlessly cut out the portion of nail that is causing you problems, and will give you  professional advice on how to prevent the problem from recurring. In severe cases, you may need to undergo nail surgery. You can find out more about ingrown toenails here.

Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal infections are quite common and can be contracted from damp, warm environments and changing rooms. They are highly contagious and can last for a long time, causing discolouration and thickening of the nail. Over time this can cause deformity of the nail, and it can spread to other toes. 

If you find it uncomfortable wearing your shoes and your nail is showing any of the signs listed above, you should visit your local podiatrist as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis. A chiropodist will use specialist equipment and medications to help stop the fungus and try to salvage the nail.

Misshapen and Discoloured Toenails

As the thickness of a toenail increases, you can lose sight of the pink nail bed due to discolouration. When a toenail changes colour, it doesn’t always mean that you have a fungal infection, but you should visit a chiropodist just in case. Our foot health professionals here at Doncaster foot clinic can help get that natural shine back to your toenail, as well as testing for infection.

If your toes go through trauma, it can misshape the nail. Whether it is caused by a knock or continued use of unsuitable footwear, your toenails can change shape. Although it is unlikely to be cured, podiatrists can help with routine treatment. By using specialist equipment, we can help restore the shape, or we can suggest alternative forms of treatment. For more information, or to book an appointment, please give us a call on 01302 342971.

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Different Types of Toenail Issues