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Common Foot Conditions
An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The big toe is often affected, either on one or both sides. The nail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen and tender.
Other possible symptoms include:
- Pain if pressure is placed on the toe
- Inflammation of the skin at the end of the toe
- A build-up of fluid (oedema) in the area surrounding the toe
- An overgrowth of skin around the affected toe (hypertrophy)
- White or yellow pus coming from the affected area
** When to see your FHP **
See your FHP (foot health professional) as soon as you notice any pain or any symptoms listed above.
If your ingrown toenail is badly inflamed, bleeding or has pus coming from it, it may be infected. Antibiotics may be needed to clear an infection. It's always best to diagnose and treat the problem early, as the longer it is left, the more painful it will become.
❗️ It's also very important to seek medical advice if you have diabetes and an ingrown toenail. Having diabetes could affect how your toenail heals and cause further health complications.
** What causes ingrown toenails? **
A number of things can cause an ingrown toenail to develop, including:
- Badly cut toenails: cutting your toenails too short, or cutting the edges, will encourage the skin to fold over your nail and the nail to grow into the skin
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights: this places pressure on the toes
Onycholysis is the painless separation of the nail from the nail bed. This is a common problem. It can be a sign of skin disease, an infection or the result of injury, but most cases are seen in women with long fingernails. The nail acts as a lever, prying the nail away from the skin and preventing healing of otherwise insignificant insults.
A local irritation is the most common insult. This may be from excessive filing, chemical overexposure in manicures or nail tip application, allergic contact dermatitis (a local reaction similar to the reaction to "poison Ivy") to nail hardener or adhesives used to attach the nail tips, or simply to prolonged immersion in water.
Fungal infection and psoriasis can also cause onycholysis. These often cannot be told apart by examining alone, and a test for fungus needs to be done. Certain medications can cause an onset of onycholysis. In rare cases all the nails are affected and then it can be a sign of iron deficiency or thyroid over-activity.
No matter what the cause, usually several nails are affected. Infection with bacteria and yeast starts to occur in the space under the nail. This turns the loose portion of the nail a white, yellow, or green tinge. Generally, if the infection appears to be green, it's a bacterial infection and if it appears to be white it is a yeast infection.
This has to be controlled before the nail will reattach. The nail can only take so much damage without being permanently deformed.
During winter, a host of factors combine the suck out the moisture from our skin! That includes cold weather, wind and central heating. Our skin becomes drier, and leads to sore, dry hands, chapped lips and cracked heels.
Keep a check on your heels. If the skin becomes thick and rough, treat it with a cream which contains urea. These cracks can become painful, so it's a good idea to treat them early. If you get deeper cracks in your heels, it may be better to visit your foot health professional for treatment.
Cracked heels are also known as keratoderma. They are an extremely common skin problem and can be very painful.
In severe cases the skin can take on a thick yellow or brown crusty-looking appearance. For most people it can be more of a cosmetic issue but some, the cracks deepen into the living layer of the skin- the dermal layer. When this occurs the cracks can become painful and easily infected.
Cracked heels are caused when the skin becomes so dry and brittle that under the pressure of our weight, it simply splits apart. If you see signs of dryness or cracks, it’s best to act sooner, rather than later.
Your foot specialist will be able to help you get on top of the problem by gentle removing excess skin around the heels. This will greatly improve the appearance of the heels and help protective creams penetrate more effectively.
Is dry skin more prone to cracking?
➡️Dry skin is less strong than healthy skin and so is more prone to cracking.
Why are the heels prone to developing cracks?
➡️When you stand the skin around the heels is under tension and pressure from the weight of our body. Skin which is dry and or thickened with callus is less able to cope with these stresses. Small tears can develop in the upper layers of the skin. Left untreated they become deeper, eventually breaking through the skin altogether.
Should I cut away any hard skin myself?
➡️Trying to cut away callus and hard skin yourself is not advisable