Nail & Skin Problems

Fungal Nails

Fungal toenails (Onychomycosis) are a common condition we treat at our clinics. Onychomycosis is estimated to cause up to 50% of all nail abnormalities and can be a source of pain and discomfort and can impact on a patient’s quality of life. People are often embarrassed by the look of these nails as they usually appear discoloured (white, yellow, brown) and can be flaky and thickened. It is important to ascertain whether a nail is just thickened or whether a fungal infection is present before treatment commences. To confirm diagnosis, a nail sample can be sent to pathology.

There are various treatment options available:

  • Topical antifungal paints/tinctures

  • Laser therapy

  • Oral Medications

It is important to note, it can take up to 12 months for a new healthy nail to grow through if treatment is successful.

Corns and Callous

A corn or callus is a patch of hard, thickened skin on the foot that is formed in response to pressure or friction. They are more common in people with foot deformities, those who stand a lot or those who wear unsuitable footwear.

Common Sites:                                                                                           

  • under the ball of the foot

  • tips of the toes

  • overlying bony prominences

  • between the toes (soft corns)

Symptoms:

  • Thick/hard skin on foot (callus)

  • Small hard area of skin which may have a central core (corn)

  • White rubbery skin (soft corn)

  • Pain with pressure/friction

Treatment:

  • Reduction of callus can help to decrease pain

  • Padding to redistribute pressure

  • Orthoses to offer long term relief

  • Advice - footwear and skin care                       

Plantar Warts

(Papilloma or Verrucae)

Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which occur on the sole or toes of the foot and cause hard, often painful skin lesions.

They can last for many years or spontaneously resolve in a few weeks. They should be treated if they begin spreading (to other parts of the foot or other people), become unsightly or if they become painful. They often resemble a cauliflower with tiny black spots in the centre and are usually painful when you squeeze the sides of the lesion together.

Our team of Podiatrists can advise on which treatment is most suitable for you or your child.

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