If you develop an ingrown toenail or fungal toenails, nail treatment can prevent further problems and restore your toes to a vibrant, healthy condition. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists offers several types of nail treatment, including cryosurgery, laser therapy, and nail removal. To determine the type of nail treatment that will most benefit you, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.
Nail treatment refers to several procedures that manage nail-related problems, including fungus toenails, ingrown toenails, and nail disease.
Your toenails are made of keratin, a protein also found in your skin, hair, and fingernails. Though tough, your toenails aren’t invincible. If they’re injured or diseased, they’re unable to protect your toes, increasing your risk of infection and other health problems.
At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the team uses nail treatment to address various nail-related problems, including:
Fungus toenails occur due to a fungal infection. Fungal nail infections usually start small and appear as a single white dot. Over time, the fungus grows deeper into your nails, causing them to turn yellow or brown. Other telltale signs of fungus toenails include brittle or ragged nails and a foul odor.
An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the soft surrounding skin. This causes your toe to become red, swollen, and inflamed. If you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, you might also develop an infection or other serious complications.
Nail diseases affect the strength, health, and overall appearance of your toenails. Some of the common diseases that the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group treats include nail psoriasis, brittle nails (onychoschizia), thick dark nails (onychogryphosis), and swelling of the skin around the toenail (paronychia.)
To determine if you’re a good candidate for nail treatment, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and physically examines your toes and toenails.
Typically, visual observation is enough to make a diagnosis, but the team might also take nail clippings and send them to the on-site pathology lab for further analysis.
At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the team offers several types of nail treatment, including:
Cryosurgery is an outpatient procedure that exposes your toenail to liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is incredibly cold and causes an infected or diseased nail to freeze and die. Following treatment, a healthy nail grows in the old one’s place.
If you have fungus toenails, the team might recommend laser treatment. Laser treatment uses a cold laser to eradicate onychomycosis, a fungus that affects the toenails. Laser treatment is an outpatient procedure that typically requires a series of two or more appointments spaced several weeks apart.
If you have a mild fungal infection, you might benefit from oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish, or medicated nail cream. These prescription medications can prevent further spread and restore your nails to a healthy condition.
If you have a severe case of nail fungus or nail disease, the team might recommend total nail removal. This is typically a last resort when conservative measures aren’t successful.
Don’t wait to receive nail treatment at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.