By Kate Caetano
Rehabilitation Podiatrist | BHSc (Podiatry) Dip Rehabilitation
As part of the podiatry services offered at Advance Wellness, minor surgical procedures are now also available to help improve the health of our clients’ feet.
This includes work to repair and heal toenails and removal of warts on the feet.
Ingrown, Damaged & Fungal Nail Correction
Athletes commonly suffer from ingrown toenails which are usually caused by improper fitting footwear, nail shape or toe injuries. Ingrown toenails can also occur due to a genetic curve of the nail, damage to the nail, or from cutting the nail too far down the side.
Conservative treatments include soaks, elevation, proper nail shaping or cutting, and good foot hygiene. Ingrown nails can cause pain, especially once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it produces inflammation and can lead to an infection.
If conservative treatment of an ingrown, damaged or fungal toenail fails or if the ingrown toenail is severe, minor surgical management is usually recommended.
This is done under a local anaesthetic to partially or completely remove the toenail plate known as a wedge resection.
The treatment takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
First, we numb the toe with a local anaesthetic, once you’re numb, we gently and cleanly remove the offending nail edge.
A chemical can then be applied to the cleared nail bed so that the ingrown section of the nail cannot return.
Studies show statistically there is only approximately a 5% chance of regrowth when treated this way.
Verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Treatment
includes ‘freezing’ the verruca using liquid nitrogen, usually performed by a GP, or by a podiatrist with a ‘needling’ technique using salicylic acid.
The “needling” procedure uses your body’s immune system to fight the virus.
The treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
First, we numb the area around the verruca with a local anaesthetic, once you’re numb, we gently break the verruca up and thus force the viral cells to come into contact with your immune system cells.
Once your immune system is alerted to the virus, it will systematically destroy it.