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Ingrown toenail? Is nail surgery the answer? Some of your questions answered


What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

Usually it is the big toenail that is affected however any toe can become ingrown. Symptoms include:
+ Swelling
+ Redness
+ Pain
+ Tenderness
+ Pus

Are there alternatives to nail surgery?

Routine podiatry treatment, such as cutting back the corner of the nail or following our self-care advice, may help in the short term, but is unlikely to offer a permanent solution if the problem has been recurrent or longstanding.

Why should I have nail surgery?

Thick, distorted or damaged nails give rise to pain and sometimes infection. Routine treatment in the clinic will resolve symptoms for a while, but often they reoccur, and the nail starts to be ingrown again. Nail surgery provides a permanent long term, safe answer.

What is nail surgery?

Nail surgery is a routine procedure performed under local anaesthetic making the procedure pain free. The offending section of nail is removed, a chemical is then applied to prevent regrowth.

Will there be pain after surgery?

The minimally invasive nature of the procedure results in minimal pain or discomfort following surgery. You have postoperative instructions that will minimise any discomfort and we are here to
support you.

Is this surgery safe?

This is one of the most regular treatments we perform. This minimally invasive procedure requires no skin incision or stiches and is suitable and safe for almost everyone.

How long does the procedure take?

Generally, the procedure takes 45 minutes to perform, if treating multiple toes, the procedure will take longer.

How will the toenail look after surgery?

Once healed, visible change in nail width does not change or is very minimal, as most of the nail removed is hidden under the skin. Rarely in sever cases, the whole toenail will be removed. This will be discussed prior to surgery.

When can I resume my normal activities after surgery?

The first 24 hours are the most import, you need to keep your foot elevated and the dressing dry. You will return 2 – 3 days later for the dressing to be removed and given redressing instructions. Depending on your activities you can return to them will be discussed at your initial appointment.

Can I drive after surgery?

For your own safety, we recommend that you arrange for someone to drive you following surgery.

Will my health fund cover this surgery?

If you have cover for Podiatry, most health funds rebate for ingrown toenail surgery. We have HICAPS facilities so can offer on the spot rebates.


Ever wondered why your toenails look thick, discoursed and you think they might be fungal

Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry Noosa is proud to introduce and offer a simple, fast and effective way of diagnosing potential fungal nail infection. if think you suffer from a fungal nail infection or not we have the ability to treat and potentially diagnose without the expense and inconvenience of visiting a Pathology Lab and waiting weeks for results.

As Podiatrists we can now find out at the time of your consultation if you have a fungal infection or not and to be able to provide accurate treatment recommendations without the guess work.

Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry Noosa Is now able to diagnose on the spot and offer treatment solutions for your fungal or discoloured nail, that show patches or streaks of white, yellow or brown. These nails often looks thickened to normal nail and often become quite crumbly. While these symptoms can be common, even for a trained professional it is often hard to distinguish the difference between a fungal nail and other pathologies.

Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry Noosa is proud to offer the DIAFACTORY test, on the spot dermatophyte testing procedure which can be completed inside a standard consult to determine whether or not your nail has a fungal infection. In as little as a few five minutes, you will have peace of mind as to what’s going on with your toenail, and whether or not some of the many treatments for fungal nail that we offer here at Foot + Nail Solutions may benefit to you such as; Lunula laser nail therapy, topical antifungal treatment, oral antifungal treatment, general nail care.

If you have a strange toenail that looks unsightly, abnormal and you have no idea what’s going on, now is the perfect time to book an appointment at Foot + Nail Solution Podiatry Noosa to learn more about what’s going on with your toenails.

At Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatrists are members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer over 27 years of experience. We are trained to diagnose and effectively treat variety of nail and foot conditions.

Put your feet in our hands! Your feet deserve it!

Book in for your Complimentary 15 Minute consultation. A small charge applies for the Diafactory test.

Nail polish and Podiatry. What do we think?

Who doesn’t like to put on a nice nail polish to match their outfit, especially as the weather warms up, but is that pretty colour doing pretty things to your body and nails?

Did you know that your nails are porous, and they absorb what you put onto them?

Many nail polishes contain ingredients that are listed as POISONOUS (Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, synthetic camphor xylene, tosylamide, benzophenone-1, animal parts and many other nasties). Some are listed as carcinogens

In small doses there is no evidence that these are hazardous. However, we are sure you would personally prefer to steer away from anything with too many unknown and damaging ingredients.

For this reason, we advise if using regular nail polish brands and visiting a spa, you take these simple steps to protect you and your nails.

  • Don’t leave nail polish on for weeks even months and months, continually re-coating, not only means your nails absorb the chemicals within the polish, but it also can potentially hide fungal infections/damage and prevent you from treating them before they spread. It also encourages fungi to form as the nail polish traps water and dirt which fungi love!
  • If water is mechanically jetted into the spa, ask how often the workings of the spa are cleaned. jet tubes can often be contaminated with fungus and bacteria from skin and nails
  • If you notice your nails turn yellow after wearing polish, try and find one that doesn’t contain FORMALDYDE and again giving your nails some breathing time between coats will help resolve this issue.
  • In terms of shellac, gel, SNS and acrylic, we know it looks nice. But getting it off can be very tough on your nails- it generally requires some heavy acetone which strips your nails of their natural oils.  Over time your nails become thin, brittle and sometimes chipped. Which can lead to prolonged damage and allows moisture to get trapped, in turn leads to the possibility of fungal infection developing.


  • Avoid the chemically rich nail polishes, shellac, gels SNS and acrylic nails.
  • Take your own nail polish with you.
  • Ask about the Sterilisation proses of the foot spa and instruments.
  • Ask to see how the instruments are cleaned and packed.
  • Check the “Clean Instrument Packet, there are indicator makers that will change colour when correct sterilisation has been achieved. 
  • Double check that all disposable tools, nail files, buffer blocks, pedicure paddles, and cuticle sticks are new when used on you. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take them home with you. It can’t be used again


Foot + Nail Solutions Podiatry Noosa NOW offers

A medical pedicure. Medi + Pedi

A Medi + Pedi is a noninvasive, medical grade pedicure that focuses on the hygienic and aesthetic care for the toenails and feet. Using organic vegan non-chemically enriched products.

If your scared of poor infection control at your nail spa. Disappointed by poor service and quality. Or your podiatrist is not giving you that aesthetic finish you are after. Then this is the pedicure for you.

The Medi + Pedi deference.

  • All reusable Instruments are of medical grade quality and processed using an ultrasonic cleaner then sterilised in a high-pressure steam Autoclave (steriliser).
  • All our services are performed to medical grade standards, following infection control guide lines.
  • Jet footbaths are not used as we cannot guarantee cleanliness and sterility. Instead a specialist footbath which can be sterlised is used. 

+ Single use disposable items can be taken home with you after the treatment. They are never reused.

+ Only a podiatrist can safely and effectively remove dry hard skin, corns, diagnose fungal infection and treat ingrown toenails.

Should you require your nails polished, Dr Remedy’s nail polishes is used. Dr Remedy’s enriched nails polish is a line of podiatrist formulated polishes and nail treatments. The polish is enriched with, Tea Tree Oil, Biotin, Lavender, Wheat Protein, Garlic Bulb Extract and Vitamins C and E. It does not contain any of the nasties  (Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, synthetic camphor xylene, tosylamide, benzophenone-1, animal parts) All ingredients are organic and vegan.

Dr Remedy’s nail polish is nourishing to the nails and will not damage or discolor the nails.

We stock a wide range of Dr Remedy’s nail polish’s and nail treatments. All are available for purchase. 

Health Fund Rebates for the podiatry component of your Medi + Pedi Available.

Cure your Fungal Nail. Is this possible? 95% Effective Fungal Nail Treatment Cure

How is it possible to achieve an astounding 95% effective fungal nail treatment cure for treatment resistant nails. Chronic fungal nail (onychomycosis) infections are a challenging condition to eradicate. For an experienced podiatrist specialising in treating fungal finger and toenails this poses no problem. When the nail is chronically infected one successful option is to totally remove the damaged infected nail and then use a short course of lunula Laser treatments. This combined treatment option works phenomenally well for chronically infected nails.

Comfortable Nail Surgery

On average just 5 – 9 days post-operatively the nail bed is dry. Lunula laser treatments can now start. The Lunula laser is totally painless. It combines the powerful effect of 2 proven therapeutic laser wavelengths to accelerate quick nail growth. It will target and eradicate any rogue fungal spores. These may be trapped within nail folds and surrounding tissues. The reason many fungal nail treatments fail is because the dormant spores are not targeted. In chronically infected nails spores are trapped and can be treatment resistant.

Accelerated New Healthy Nail Regrowth

Toenails grow at just 1 – 1.62mm per month. A big toenail can take 12 – 18 months to fully grow back from its base (matrix) to the free edge. A fungal infected nail has retarded nail growth with very little forward expansion, but more upward thickening. The Lunula laser has been acknowledge for substantially accelerating nail plate growth. This is essential when tackling reluctant fungal nail infections. The quicker the nail growth, the success rates exponentially increase. Basically, stopping Fugus (dermaphytes) in their tracks and allowing the body to fight back.
Lunula laser will increase blood flow and nutrition to the nail’s matrix. The result is a burst of new keratin nail cell turnover. Nail growth can be doubled, also the actual nail bed structure is reconditioned and strengthened. Just weeks after a nail plate removal there can appear to be a new nail plate. This is noted with smaller digits. It is a ‘pseudo’ nail, just keratinisation of the nail bed’s epidermis. Which can be confused with new regrowth, but the actual nail plate is still on its way.
Point to remember: The Lunula is in effect reconditioning the nail bed making it stronger and damage free.

Patience is Golden

Patience is required and it does pay-off. Healthy new nail regrowth is soon observed. Nail plate development is normalised which was not achieved with conservative fungal nail treatments even oral drug therapy. As previously mentioned, nail growth is slow, so results are often slow to be seen.

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