Professional Foot Healthcare at H.T.C
AN EVERYDAY ISSUE FOR MANY ...
Thickened nails usually occur on the big toe and for a number of reasons.
One could be from a constant or past trauma, another could be from repetitive activity that bares pressure on the nail.
Neglect due to immobility, or a person’s age can also be a reason for thickened nails.
Repetitive tension on a nail can cause the nail to become loosened and separated from the nail bed.
Cutting a thickened nail can be painful and hard to carry out.
A foot health practitioner can carefully cut thickened nails using special nippers and reduce the thickness using a Burrs drill.
The medical term for thickened nail is Onychauxis..
Regular maintenance of the thickened nail will help to reduce any discomfort or pain and any debris under the nail that could cause infection.
A GP referral would be needed in order to ascertain the exact cause of nail thickening, especially if symptoms become worse.
Ram’s Horn (medically referred to as onychogryphosis) is not just an extreme thickening of the nails but also a curvature of the nail, starting at the nail’s edge and curving over the apex of the toe or finger and sometimes wrapping around it.
The causes can range from repetitive trauma to neglect due to possible immobility.
With regular maintenance from a foot health practitioner, the ram’s horn nail can be managed.
Removal would require the whole nail to be taken away and the nail matrix (where the nail originates) to be permanently deactivated to prevent regrowth.
Is a clinical aspect of Podiatry.
Podiatrists / Chiropodists are degree trained & qualified to work within the private & public health sectors to undertake routine clinical work to maintain the health of patients feet.
Practitioners attend to all of the common conditions that affect the leg and foot, including:
Routine care of nail conditions, Skin care in general
Treatment of Verrucaes, Corns, Callus
& Some mechanical functional problems of the lower leg and / or foot...
They are trained to recognise foot and leg conditions, treat appropriately and refer when necessary.
Podiatrists / Chiropodists often work with other healthcare professionals for the health and well-being of their patients and customers.
Is HTCs resident Chiropodic specialist Podiatrist and is available for appointments via on-line or telephone bookings.
Appointments are 30 minutes for new patients & 20 minutes for all follow up visits required.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR
Firstly, it is important to note that you do not require a referral to receive foot care at our practice..
However, should any other medical condition be aggravating your foot condition then the more information you can give our Foot Healthcare Professional Practitioner, Karen Mansell the better..
A comprehensive history of your condition as also your general medical history is taken.
Findings are recorded & then a discussion around any proposed treatment plan with you is completed.
Treatment is commenced or even completed at your first appointment.
If a follow-up appointment is required then Karen will discuss & plan with you.
COMMON FOOT CONDITIONS
A COMMON FOOT ISSUE:
FUNGAL NAIL INFECTIONS
A fungal infection of the nail is referred to as onychomycosis in medical terms.
It generally only affects toenails. Fungal bacteria can enter the nail at the edges and gradually make its way towards the middle of the nail.
It is usual to observe a yellowish/brownish discolouration of the nail and the texture of the nail will change to a brittle state, possibly leading to segments of the nail falling away.
The skin surrounding the nail can also become swollen and painful.
Antifungal medicaments can be obtained and
these can be topically administered to the toenail, or taken as a tablet.
A nail softening cream can be used to bring back a suppleness to the nail in order for the infection to be disposed of by scraping it away.
For more extreme circumstances, the nail will need to be removed under a local anaesthetic.
Wearing clean socks, washing/drying feet everyday and wearing flip flops in communal showering and changing areas can help to reduce fungal nail infections.