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Difficult to cut or unsightly nails often present a challenge when trying to trim them with regular clippers. These types of nails often require an extra set of eyes and hands to ensure proper nail clipping, and to prevent complications such as infections. Nails may also be infected with fungus, which can cause discoloration and thickening of the nails. At times, people may have a hard time reaching their toenails. A Chiropodist can assist with healthy toenail maintenance and treatment, and with continual assessment of the feet.
Fungal toenails are a type of toenail infection that can cause nail deformity and destruction. Fungal infection can arise when the nail has been traumatized (i.e. dropping object onto toe, stubbing toe) or if it is constantly exposed to dark moist environment (i.e. work boots, construction boots). Fungal spores can also transfer and spread from toenail to toenail, therefore it is imperative to begin treatment as early as possible to prevent permanent damage to the toenails.
Callus & Corns
If you have any thick, hard calluses or corns, you may need to have them shaved down and removed in order to alleviate any discomfort. Corns or calluses often form due to the mechanical functions of an individual’s feet, and/or possibly because of areas of high pressure on the feet. Corns and calluses can appear anywhere on the feet
The heels play a pivotal role in the overall functionality of our feet. Over time, a build-up of thick calluses can begin to form and can split - forming cracked heels (also known as heel fissures). Cracked heels can form due to weight-bearing pressure and friction placed on the heels. They can also form depending on the overall health and skin texture of the feet. Heel fissures can become so severe that they can split the underlying skin causing bleeding. This can be concerning as it opens a portal of entry for possible infections and bacteria. A proper shaving of the callus is required along with proper moisturizer.
Warts are often mistaken for a corn, and vise versa. A chiropodist can help to distinguish the difference between the two and help to implement an appropriate treatment plan. Unnecessary treatments may worsen rather than improve the condition. If you are unsure if you have a wart or a corn, contact your nearest Chiropodist.
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There are many other different types of skin and nail conditions that a Chiropodist can assess and treat. The aforementioned conditions are some of the more common presentations that can bee seen on the feet. A Chiropodist can implement an appropriate treatment regimen, offer reliable foot advice, and answer any of your questions or concerns. A Chiropodist may also prescribe certain medications, if needed, to treat a variety of conditions.