Skin & Nail Conditions
Skin and nail problems of the feet can be both embarrassing and painful. Rashes and nail infections often look quite unsightly and ingrown nails can be nasty and painful.
At Preston Podiatry we offer very quick solutions and treatments for these problems.
Routine issues like corns, callouses, cracked heels and similar problems can be treated easily, so there’s no need to suffer. Even dry, cracked and discoloured toenails can be repaired with the latest laser nail treatment technology. We offer treatments for the following common skin and nail conditions. Click to read more about each condition:
Fungal toenail infection or Onychomycosis is a contagious infection that can cause yellowing, thickening, roughness or crumbling of the nail with a number of causes, most often picked up in damp areas such as public showers, gyms and swimming pools. Preston Podiatry are proudly the first clinic in Perth to offer laser treatment for fungal toenail infections, a pain-free and easy treatment option with a high success rate.
Ingrown toenails can be very painful, and only get worse if left untreated. Often caused by incorrect nail cutting techniques, poorly fitting footwear, involuted nails or wide toes, ingrown toenails usually affect the big toe though this isn’t always the case. There are a number of treatments for ingrown toenails, some are painless while more severe cases may require surgery.
Corns and callus are thick layers of hardened skin formed under the feet or at the sides or top of toes, caused by excessive pressure and stress on the skin. This can be from improper footwear, toe deformities, bunions or an abnormal walking style that has created uneven pressure on the feet. These can be easily treated by a podiatrist.
A common foot problem, cracked heels or ‘heel fissures’ are caused by dry skin and often made worse when the skin is thickened into a callus. There are many varying causes, including weight and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, diabetes or thyroid conditions, open back shoes or prolonged standing. Cracked heels should be treated without delay as the problem can become severe.
Plantar warts are growths that occur on the bottom surface of the foot and can be very painful to stand on. They often occur after the skin has been exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV) which can be present on contaminated surfaces such as change room floors, showers and swimming pools. Plantar warts should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further spreading. There are a number of different treatment options available, which a podiatrist will discuss with you during your consultation.
Athlete’s Foot is a skin infection caused by fungi, commonly affecting the space between the toes. The fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist environments, so the usual suspects – change rooms and swimming pools – are breeding grounds. Symptoms include flakey dry skin, itching, redness, inflammation and blisters and can spread. Prompt treatment is key to stop this infection from spreading.
No matter what you’re suffering from, come in and talk to the friendly staff and experienced podiatrists at Preston Podiatry.