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Visit Your Mississauga Foot Doctor on How to Treat Ingrown Toenails & Fungal Nails

Dealing with an ingrown toenail or a fungal infection can be a painful experience. Fortunately, we are experts at treating these conditions and our foot doctor in Mississauga can help you get back on your feet in no time.


Onychocryptosis / Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are one of the most frequent nail disorders. They may negatively influence daily activities, cause discomfort and pain which can limit your daily movement. Caused by a nail that penetrates the skin, this condition can cause infections with swelling, increased warmth and pain, redness, drainage of pus or a watery discharge tinged with blood.


Since more than 1,000 years, many different treatments have been proposed. Today, conservative and surgical methods are available, which, when carried out with expertise, are able to treat the disease. Packing, taping, gutter treatment, and nail braces are options for relatively mild cases whereas surgery is exclusively done by physicians. Phenolisation of the nail matrix is now the safest, simplest, and most commonly performed method with the lowest recurrence rate. Contact us today to find out how we can help, call 905-916-3668, or email info@foundationchiropody.com.


Causes

  • Improper cutting of toenails
  • Tight footwear
  • Tight socks
  • Abnormal shape of nail
  • Toenail deformities
  • Trauma to the nail or toe

Complications

  • Infection that can spread to the foot, leg or bloodstream
  • Loss of the nail plate due to infection
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic ingrown nails can cause deformity to the nail plate and surrounding tissue
  • Chronic ingrown nails can cause deformity to the nail plate and surrounding tissue
  • Serious complications in diabetics, who should consult with our specialists immediately

Treatment

Ingrown toenails can often be treated with a simple procedure that removes the piece of nail. If chronic problems persist, corrective surgery to remove part or the entire nail is an option.


Onychomycosis / Fungal Nail

This common condition is an infection of the bed and plate under the surface of your nail. Fungi called dermatophytes attack the nail and thrive off of keratin, your nail’s protein substance. Your nail will likely become thicker and take on a yellowish brown colour. There may be an associated foul odour and debris collected under your nail plate.


Treatment

Foundation Chiropody can diagnosis your condition quickly and provide a treatment plan that may include the following:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral antifungal medications approved by Health Canada. These offer shorter treatment times but may have unwanted side effects.
  • Surgical treatment to remove infected portions and to allow direct application of a topical antifungal
  • Permanent removal of painful nail


Prevention

  • Wash feet with soap and water and dry thoroughly
  • Wear shower shoes in public areas when possible
  • Change shoes, socks or hosiery daily
  • Use a foot powder with talcum (not cornstarch) or an anti-fungal agent
  • Wear properly fitting shoes
  • Discard old shoes
  • Alternate your footwear if possible
  • Do not apply nail polish to nails suspected of being infected

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