Services / Common Nail Problems

What is an ingrown nail?
Ingrown nails may include pain at the top of the toe or all the way to the base of the nail. There may be redness, swelling, pus, and an increase in the soft tissue around the nail. These are all reasons to come in for an evaluation. If the nail or toe looks infected then it is a definite reason to have your podiatrist do an evaluation.

Treatment can be as simple as cutting back the corner of the nail. If it is infected Dr Wood may prescribe an antibiotic. It may also need to be removed either permanently or temporarily. Dr Wood can remove the nail or part of the nail to correct the problem.He is extremely gentle with his injections and most people are very happy that they had the procedure done. This can be easily done in the office.

What are thickened nails?
Sometimes the nail may become thick or abnormally crumbly. It may even become brittle or ridged and may appear yellowish to whitish in color. Pressure from shoes can often cause pain. Thick nails can often be caused by fungus, psoriasis, and even Diabetes.

If there is no infection present then the nail may be able to be trimmed mechanically ( grinding or trimming) or with medication. Dr Wood can prescribe topical or oral medications to treat this and prevent it from spreading.

Why are nails black and blue?
Sometime the toe nails can become bruised or purple looking. This is usually caused form trauma. This may occur during sports, especially running. Often times you will get some bleeding under the nail which causes this appearance.

Treatment may include  pressing on the nail plate to determine the status of the nail itself. The exam may include x rays to check for fractures or bone spurs. If infected, cultures and antibiotics may be prescribed as well. Sometimes the nail will need to be removed, and a new nail will grow back.

Austin Podiatry provides treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic care
  • Geriatric foot care
  • Laser Toenail Treatment
  • PRP(platelet rich plasma) injections
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma-Surgery
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Warts
  • Wound Care
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