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Jonathan Nicholls B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Ch.S., Dip.Podiatric Medicine

& Associates H.P.C Registered Chiropodists & Podiatrists

23 Bransford Road, Worcester. WR2 4EW.

chiropodist working on a patient's foot

Fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) can affect both our finger nails and toe nails but is more common in toe nails.  This is a relatively common condition that affects about 10% of the worlds population.

Although fungal infected nails rarely cause pain or discomfort, the cosmetic appearance of these nails is often regarded as embarrassing and simply not acceptable.

 

You may be suffering from onychomycosis if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Thickened nails

  • Crumbly or brittle nails

  • Nails distorted in shape or have become separated

  • Nails have no lustre or shine

  • A dark coloured nail often caused by debris build up underneath the nail.

The infection is often found in nails that have suffered some form of trauma, particularly repeated trauma which is often prevalent in people who have hobbies such as hill walking or football.  This condition is also more common in people who suffer from poor circulation or have a history of suffering from athletes foot.

What causes onychomycosis?

For fast effective fungal nail treatment get in touch with The Worcester Podiatry Clinic today on

 

01905 428 434

Fungal Nail Infections

How do we treat fungal infected nails?

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There are several different treatments for this condition and our podiatrist will discuss with you the one which is most appropriate for your needs:

 

Topical Treatment – This treatment involves applying a cream, lacquer or paint to the infected nail on a regular basis.  This treatment can take up to 18 months to achieve complete success.  It is essential that  your nails are debrided (paired down) by our podiatrist  every 6-8 weeks,  for as long as the preparation is being applied.

 

Podylas S30 Laser – This advanced laser technology produces a thermal effect that eliminates nail fungal infections.  High energy laser pulses penetrate into the tissue through the nail, heating the targeted area and reaching the deepest fungal infection without damaging the surrounding tissues.

 

Lunula Laser – This laser has many advantages most significantly that it is totally pain free, uses no chemicals, is suitable to use on children, and will not interfere or interact with any medicines you may be taking. This is also a very convenient treatment and there is no “downtime” required after each session.  This treatment is most effective if done on a weekly basis for approximately 6 weeks.

 

At the beginning of a period of treatment your podiatrist will take a photograph of your infected nails so that at the end of the period of treatment a before/after comparison can be made.

 

There are times (special occasions or holidays) when some people choose to come to the surgery to have their fungal nails “tidied up” or reconstructed using our Wilde-Pedique reconstruction service. This is a wonderful way of disguising unsightly nails that will look “normal” for several weeks.

Wilde-Pedique reconstruction Service

Using the latest light-curing synthetic resin our qualified podiatrists can now “reconstruct” your damaged nails to help conceal discolouration and damage, ensuring that your feet look attractive and ready for a stroll along the beach this summer or simply look great in your summer foot wear.

 

This is a cosmetic nail correction procedure specially designed for damaged toenails which uses special gel resin quickly hardened under ultraviolet light.

 

It can be used on damaged nails, nails that have thickened due to age or if you have suffered from a fungal nail infection.

 

The resin gel is elastic which adjusts to the movement of your foot meaning that it is long lasting and durable.

 

Wilde-Pedique protects your underlying nail as it grows back naturally.

 

Some permanent nail polishes can cause damage, stains and weaken the nail plate.  Wilde-Pedique can be applied to the nail and left on to give a protective healthy gloss while the damage is growing out and allowing you to wear ordinary polishes.

 

This is a specialist procedure and requires one of our qualified podiatrists to assess your nail condition and whether the treatment is appropriate for you. The resin should grow out naturally and regular treatments to refill the nail can ensure that you hardly notice the difference as your real nail starts to recover.

 

Want to find out more about our laser treatments? Contact us today.