Nail Problems

We treat many types of nail problems including ingrown toenails and nail fungus.

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails are the most common nail impairment. They are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the tissue of nail grooves, usually leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Toenails typically grow straight out. Sometimes one or both corners or sides may be curved and grow out into skin. While big toes are commonly afflicted by this condition, other toes can also be affected.

Ingrown toenails can be caused by improper trimming, shoe pressure (crowding toes), repeated trauma to the feet from normal activity, and by heredity.

In the event of an infection from an ingrown nail, immerse your foot in warm salt water, or a basin of soapy water, then apply an antiseptic and bandage to the area. People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders should avoid any form of self-treatment and seek podiatric medical care as soon as possible instead.

Nail Fungus

Fungal infection of the nail, or onychomycosis, can often be overlooked for years without causing any pain. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a nail's quality and color. The condition is an infection beneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. This fungi causes the nail to be darker in color and foul-smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other skin and nails, including fingernails. If ignored nail fungus can spread and possibly impair one's ability to work, or even walk due to pain from wearing shoes or walking. A secondary bacterial or yeast infection can also accompany this fungus.

Because it is difficult to avoid contact with microscopic organisms such as as fungi, the toenails are particularly vulnerable in damp areas where people are often walking barefoot, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. Injury to the nail bed may make it more prone to infection of all types, including fungal. Those who suffer from chronic disease (such as diabetes or circulatory problems) are especially prone to fungal nails. A history of athlete's foot and excessive perspiration can also act as contributing factors.

How do I prevent nail problems?

Proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the first precautions to prevent fungal nails. Clean and dry feet resist disease. Washing them in soap and water and drying thoroughly after is the best way to prevent infection. In public areas shower shoes are advised, and shoes, socks, and hosiery should be changed more than once a day.

Toenails should be clipped straight across, so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe. Shoes that fit well and that are made of breathable material are advised, as well as socks with synthetic fiber to 'wick' away moisture more quickly than cotton or wool. Disinfect your instruments for nail care and trimming, and do not apply polish to nails you suspect may be infected.

How do we treat nail problems?

Foot Massage

We offer conservative and surgical care of ingrown and fungal nails. For fungal nails, we offer trimming services which is covered by many insurance plans. In addition, we also have a laser device that is used to treat nail fungus.

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   Shoals Foot Center

   202 Rosa Lane
Florence, AL 35630

   (256) 764-1806

   Office Hours

Monday:

8 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday:

8 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday:

8 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday:

8 am - 4:30 pm

Friday:

8 am - Noon

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed