Nails & ingrown toenail treatments, Geelong
There are a range of conditions that can affect the nails of your feet which require the diagnosis and treatment of our Geelong podiatrists. They can occur at any age – from children through to adults.
Some of the common nail conditions we treat at podiatry@belmont include:
- Ingrown nail treatment
An ingrown toenail is when the growing edge of the nail penetrates the surrounding skin. Signs and symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the condition. An ingrown toenail can occur on any toe, however most occur on the big toe. Causes can include tight shoes or socks, incorrect nail trimming or an inherited tendency for nails to curve inward. When the nail breaks the skin, serious infection can result. Never try to dig the nail out at home – treatment by a podiatrist is advised.
- Nail fungus (Onychomycosis)
Nail fungus and tinea pedia (fungal infection of the skin) usually coexist and can be caused by the same type of fungus. An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and infection may occur. Medications are available to help clear up nail fungus and our podiatrists can advise you on the appropriate treatment.
- Thickened nails
Thickened nails are the result of injury to the nail, whether it is from dropping something heavy on your toes or a fungal infection. Depending on the severity we will treat your condition by easily and painlessly thinning down the nail.
Nail trauma can lead to permanent nail deformity. This can be cared for with regular, non-painful treatment, depending on the degree of trauma.
Please contact us to book an appointment if you have any concerns about your toenails and possible nail conditions. We also provide a children’s podiatrist service so we can diagnose and treat nail conditions in children as well.