The Dangers of Improperly Trimmed Toenails
If you are chronically ill and your toenails need a medical pedicure, don’t hesitate to call NuFeet Medical Pedicures. It’s important that you not perform the pedicure yourself. NuFeet’s highly trained specialists know how to treat your condition with care and compassion.
It’s also important to let the NuFeet experts take care of your medical pedicure as preventative care so your feet don’t wind up with these two maladies: ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. As that old-but-worthy saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here’s some information about each of them and why you don’t want either of them to invade your feet.
Ingrown nails, the most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness and swelling. Toenails are supposed to grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is the most common location for this condition, but others can also become affected.
People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self-treatment. This type of nail problem should be evaluated and treated by a podiatrist, who will remove the ingrown portion of the nail and may prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat the infection.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection under the surface of the nail caused by fungi. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail often becomes darker in color and smells foul. The infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin or even the fingernails. If ignored, the infection can spread and possibly impair your ability to work or even walk. The resulting thicker nails are difficult to trim and make walking painful when wearing shoes.
Those who suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Because it’s difficult to avoid contact with microscopic organisms like fungi, the toenails are especially vulnerable around damp areas where you are likely to be walking barefoot. A podiatrist must treat the fungus, in some cases with surgery.
Neither of the above conditions is pleasant! Don’t you agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? NuFeet offers simple manicures only as an add-on to a pedicure. Our medical nail technicians are committed to helping you improve and maintain the health of your feet. Please don't hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help you: 404-479-7944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.