Toenail Infection: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Infection is something that we all naturally want to avoid in life. Not only is it something that compromises our health, but even in instances that start out small, these can lead to other complications that could bring about much more serious results. Our feet are not immune from infection, in particular, our toes, and so when toenails fall victim to fungus, for example, needing a laser treatment for fungal nails. You could also suffer from an ingrown toenail, and in that case you will need a surgery for ingrown toenails. Whatever is your situation, it is absolutely imperative that toenail infection treatment is sought out.
Here at Walk Without Pain podiatry clinics, we endeavour to bring a world-class service to those living in the Brisbane area. With four clinics dotted across the city and a team of nine podiatrists dedicating their efforts and expertise to your feet, rest assured that no matter what issue you present with, we will have solutions to get your feet back to 100 percent.
Possible Causes of a Toenail Infection
Fungi are tiny micro-organisms, a bit like bacteria but from a different family. Normally, the nail is protected from infection by these bugs by a protective layer that covers the surface of the fingernails and toenails. Fungal toenail infection gets in when the nail surface is damaged, creating a portal of entry for these organisms.
How Might you Damage a Nail to Let Fungal Toenail Infection in?
It is easy to abrade the surface of the nail enough to allow entry to fungal spores. Perhaps the nail was scuffed up by a close fitting shoe, gouged while you were using a nail tool or damaged by any kind of trauma. Events that cause a blood blister to form or the nail to lift at all would be especially suspicious.
Leaving nail polish on for extended periods is also an excellent way to develop the infection as it can ‘paint’ the fungus into place instead of falling off the shiny nail surface. Nail polish also traps moisture within the nail and in the skin below the nail so that it takes hours to properly evaporate. This body heat, moisture and darkness creates perfect breeding conditions for the bugs. You should be particularly wary about communal nail polish pots such as you might find in pedicure salons. Here, you may well pick up fungal spores from the person before you. After all, who better to want their nails polished than someone with unsightly fungal toenail infection that they want to hide?
What to Do if You Think You Have a Toenail Infection
While podiatry can be viewed as an expensive service and even as a luxury to some, at Walk Without Pain we do our best to bring you world-class levels of treatment at rates that are more affordable and accessible than other practitioners. To this end, we also process HICAPS rebates while you are at any of our clinics.
The good news for those that have tried every possible solution out there and still have seen no positive change is that you are the perfect patient to visit our clinic. We are the go-to podiatry clinic for people like you simply because we have different techniques at our disposal that can solve intractable pain, or eliminate persistent infection by addressing the root cause.
Do I Need Toenail Infection Treatment?
While a treatment for toenail infection may not be something you take too seriously initially, it is always worth knocking it on the head before it develops. Those that suffer from a fungal infection are advised to seek treatment as soon as they become aware of the infection, simply because this contagious problem can spread to other toes and create all sorts of problems for your feet.
If you are uncertain whether your toenail has a fungal infection there are a few things to look out for. The discolouration is the main thing, with the nail presenting in a more yellowed or dulled way. The toenail may also be lifting, or there is a presence of a significant amount of debris collecting beneath the nail. What’s more, toenails with fungal issues present may become much more brittle and break apart, making things particularly uncomfortable.
Toenail infection treatment at Walk Without Pain can be delivered in a number of ways. Laser treatment is an effective way to target the fungal spores in the bed of your toenail by emitting a series of light pulses that pass through the nail to kill these problem spores, without causing any damage to the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
Get Your Treatment For Toenail Infections For One Fee Only
Of course, a damaged nail will not simply heal and so as the new nail grows out, the affected areas must be cut off as growth progresses. Rest assured that in using laser treatment this is a non-invasive procedure that will take up only 30 minutes of your time and you won’t experience any new pain, which means you can leave the same way you arrived. The good news is that once you pay the laser fee for the treatment, any additional re-laser treatments are done at standard podiatry consultation fees.
So, take control of your feet and eliminate the problem that has impeded your ability to get about with the freedom you deserve. Toenail infection treatment here at Walk Without Pain podiatry clinics is right on your doorstep and offers you a means to reclaim your ability to live your best life. Book your appointment today.