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Your Podiatrist In Cairns Is A Specialist In Treating Ingrown Toenails.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The community in Cairns is very fortunate to have access to the Podiatry services provided by FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics, which includes several well located clinics throughout Northern Queensland, including Redlynch, Edmonton, Mareeba and Innisfail.

The team of professionals who provide Podiatry services at these family friendly clinics, are highly trained in all areas of Podiatry and Orthotics, with a special interest in sporting injuries, as well as general foot conditions, including ingrown nails, plantar warts, fungal nails, corn/callous etc.

Children Benefit From A Visit To The Podiatrist In Cairns

A visit to your local Podiatrist in Cairns, is well advised if you or one of your children are suffering with the pain and discomfort of Onychocryptosis, commonly known as ingrown toenails. This condition which is often associated with wearing shoes that are too tight, is one of the most common toenail problems, affecting people of all ages, including children.

It is very important for children of all ages to wear shoes that are fitted correctly. Children’s feet can grow more than one size in a year and therefore it is necessary to make sure that their young feet are not being crammed into shoes that have become outgrown.

Trendy designer shoes are expensive and not always the best shoes for young growing feet.

The money spent on several pairs of designer shoes can be better spent on a visit to the podiatrist who can advise you on the importance of correct fitting shoes and what footwear your child needs and what footwear to avoid.

Children are better off having one pair of well fitted quality shoes which they can wear every day, instead of several pairs of mass produced cheapies which will end up being outgrown anyway.

If your child has been complaining of a sore toe and yet there is no immediate visual sign of any trauma, it could be the early stages of an ingrown toenail, requiring an examination by a qualified podiatrist who can determine whether there is a condition that needs to be treated or whether preventative measures are needed to be put in place to avoid any further development.

Onychocryptosis can be a painful condition that without proper care, is prone to easily becoming infected and eventually leading to an abscess that requires surgical treatment.

How Does An Ingrown Toenail Occur?

Some reasons why an ingrown toenail will develop include:

  • Tight-fitting footwear
  • Trauma (such as stubbing the toe)
  • Improper nail-cutting technique
  • Anatomical factors like thickening of the nail plate
  • A pincer-shaped toenail
  • The presence of a subungual exostosis (a common benign bone tumor occuring in the distal phalanges of the toes)

Ingrown Toenail Categories

Stage 1 – Mild cases are characterised by nail-fold swelling, inflammation, edema and pain with pressure.
Stage 2 – Moderate cases are associated with increased swelling, drainage, infection and ulceration of the nail fold.
Stage 3 – The most severe cases of ingrown toenail exhibit chronic inflammation and granulation, as well as marked nail-fold hypertrophy.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of the Podiatrists at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics please contact reception on (07) 4045 5749.