Did you know that manatees have fingernails on their flippers? That’s because the cute, sea-dwelling mammals, also known as sea cows, used to be land creatures that had forelimbs for walking on the land. Now, scientists speculate that they use the tips to prevent abrasion on their flippers and grip the sand on the bottom of the ocean bed when they paddle, just like we use our fingernails for daily tasks like opening, scratching, and picking at things, and toenails for extra grip when pushing off with our feet.
When you notice nail conditions that inhibit daily functions like running, walking, and even standing, you should think about getting care at our nail clinic. From medical nail trimming to treating fungal nails, we’ve got you covered.
Our Nail Clinic at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
We treat all types of nails at our nail clinic, which is across the hall from the main office at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. We have three dedicated, certified pedicurists who run this clinic four days a week. If you have a question about a nail problem, our doctors are eager and always available to give you advice. Make sure you book an appointment as soon as you feel it’s necessary. Our clinic sees a patient every 15 minutes, which can make it a pretty bustling area!
Medical Nail Trimming
We offer medical nail care for hard-to-trim toenails. Some conditions that would require a podiatrist to trim your nails would include diabetic feet, ingrown toenails, and toenail fungus. When you have diabetic feet, nail trimming needs to be approached with extreme caution, because diabetics have poor circulation that causes slow healing for wounds. If you cut your toes while trimming your nails, the cut could become infected, which could develop into a full-blown diabetic ulcer if it isn’t given immediate care.
Ingrown toenails are another condition that needs proper toenail trimming. If a painful ingrown nail is disrupting your daily life, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell. He can cut your toenails the right way, treat the area, and cushion the infection to make sure it doesn’t get worse. You can trust that all our instruments are sterilized, sanitary, and ready to treat your nail issue.
We can also prevent ingrown toenails by giving them a quick trim if we see warning signs, like naturally curved toenails or toenails that aren’t cut properly. Many times a painless laser surgery is used to correct the ingrown nail permanently.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
We also offer laser treatment for toenail fungus, a condition that can make your toenails stiff, yellow, and crumbly. Your nails may change in texture from what you’re used to, which can make them difficult to cut without spreading the infection or damaging the nail.
Other deformities that require medical nail care may be brittle nails from old age, a damaged nail from a traumatic injury, or curved nails that pierce into the skin at the sides. We even have a high-speed professional pedicure drill that will polish, buff, and file away any imperfection you may have!
When to See a Doctor
You’ll want to call us as soon as you can if you notice any of the problems mentioned above. You should also visit a doctor if you see white lines or a blue tint developing on your toenails, which could be a sign of poisoning. Clubbing is another condition that could make nails hard to trim, because they down at the ends. The nail may feel softer than normal and your toe below it might be red and inflamed. If you have other symptoms like pale nails, white lines, and horizontal ridges, please call us so we can take a look at your toes.
When it comes to toenails, seemingly small problems have a big impact on your daily life. It’s important to trim nails properly to avoid painful conditions in the first place. With proper medical nail care, we can get you back on your feet. Call our office in Carmichael, California, at (916) 961-3434 or sign up for an appointment online to get your toenails trimmed. To learn more about your feet, follow our Facebook and Twitter pages!