Sometimes nails can be difficult to cut due to their thickness or shape, or because they are difficult to reach. At Langmore Podiatry, our podiatrists administer professional nail care to ensure that your feet remain comfortable. It goes without saying that all nail care is done by an experienced podiatrist using the finest instruments with medical grade sterilisation.
If the edges of your nails are sore or inflamed, you may have ingrown nails. An ingrown nail occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The ingrown nail can also apply pressure in the nail fold area without penetrating the skin; whilst not technically an ingrown nail, a painful corn or callus can form in the nail fold as a result. At Langmore Podiatry in Berwick, we offer numerous treatments to help resolve ingrown nails. Treatments may be as simple as proper nail cutting techniques or for chronic ingrown nails, a simple nail resection offers a permanent solution. A nail resection is done under local anaesthetic. A nail resection is not ideal for a number of reasons (see below why nail bracing is generally superior), but in the event nail surgery is the best option, we are extremely experienced and have the technical skill you deserve to make sure the procedure is done correctly.
Langmore Podiatry also offers nail bracing for ingrown nails. We are one of the few podiatry clinics in Melbourne that offer this non-invasive treatment. The nail brace is placed across the nail and activated (this is pain-free). The edges of the nail are then gradually and gently lifted by the tension in the brace. Nail bracing results in a nail that is painless and normal in appearance, a huge advantage over nail surgery which may leave a nail that is abnormal in appearance. The length of treatment varies from person to person, lasting a few weeks or several months depending on the growth of the nail, the strength of the nail, and the severity of the disorder.
Advantages of nail bracing include:
Fast relief and long-term recovery (you will feel perfectly normal at the end of the session)
Simple and gentle treatment (nail surgery will involve pain or discomfort and nail bracing does not require anaesthetic)
Perfect fit by individual adaptation
No interference with everyday living, career or sport
An alternative to a nail resection if you have a fear of needles
Long term improvement of aesthetic appearance
Ideal for children and people with medical conditions (diabetes for example)
Fungal Nail Infection
Discoloured, thick, and brittle nails can be a sign of a fungal nail infection. If you are uncertain as to whether your nail has a fungal infection, or whether there has been a trauma to the nail, you are not alone. We have a video addressing just this question, and the tests and treatment options we have available here.
Our podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat fungal nails, as well as offer education and solutions to prevent recurrence. Our podiatrists are knowledgeable of available fungal nail treatments and also offer PACT fungal nail therapy.
What is PACT?
PACT (photodynamic antimicrobial therapy) is a gentle form of therapy for nail fungus using light. There are no known side-effects to PACT therapy and the treatment is completely pain-free. By applying a blue gel to your nail and then light of a specific wavelength, fungi, bacteria and viruses are killed without harming healthy tissue. Upon application of the PACT Fungal Nail Gel, the dye selectively targets the fungal cell walls making them sensitive to light. The fungal cells can now be destroyed upon exposure to light of a specific wavelength. This clinically proven treatment can be a valuable alternative for those who either find applying lacquers daily or weekly difficult or time consuming or who are unable to take oral medications due to side effects or drug interactions. PACT therapy should be accompanied by treating shoes with a UV light sanitiser, wearing thongs in public showers, disinfecting the shower floor and avoid sharing nail clippers. A comprehensive approach should be used with any therapy you choose (laser, tablets, or nail lacquers), as allowing yourself to be re-infected will always make the treatment option less effective. Our podiatrists are happy to explain the best way to go about making the environment around your feet an inhospitable place for nail fungus, and we also have UV light sanitisers available for you to purchase. We want what you want: results.
Fungal nails may take months to grow back in an aesthetically pleasing way. This is why we offer the option of creating a new “nail” for you with KeryFlex nail restoration system. KeryFlex is exclusive to KeryFlex trained podiatrists. It presents an innovative solution to the treatment of nail fungus and other conditions including psoriasis and trauma. KeryFlex can be applied in just minutes and has the benefit of being flexible, smooth and durable, lasting six weeks or more. This treatment completely remodels and restores the appearance of natural, healthy looking toenails. You can even apply nail polish and acetone and the treatment is suitable for both men and women
If you think you have a fungal nail infection or would like to change the appearance of your nails, call Langmore Podiatry in Berwick at 03 9707 1988 today for an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists. Located in the heart of Berwick, Langmore Podiatry is just a short drive from Narre Warren, Beaconsfield, Pakenham, and Cranbourne.