Ingrown toenails can be a minor nuisance or lead to major pain & infection. But what is an ingrown toenail? It is simply when the edge of the nail digs into the surrounding skin & causes pain. But how can something so simple cause so much pain? Toes are very sensitive & when cramped in shoes for long periods & then standing & walking on your feet, an ingrown toenail becomes easily irritated & inflamed & swollen.
So how did it happen? There are many causes for an ingrown toenail but the two most common we see as Podiatrist’s are:
1. cutting the nail either too short or not cutting correctly & leaving a sharp edge to the nail which will cut into the skin.
2. having a curved rather than flat shaped nail & so as it grows the curved edge will again cut into the skin.
What can I do about it? Whether you can treat an ingrown toenail yourself really depends on how bad it is. You can attempt simple steps like soaking the toe in warm, salty water, applying antiseptics or attempting to gently remove the piece of ingrown nail. But this MAY aggravate & worsen the problem.
Early treatment by one of our Podiatrist’s will resolve most ingrown toenails quickly, simply & the important bit – PAINLESSLY!!!
However when a nail has become infected or too painful, we can perform a simple minor procedure under local anaesthetic & then remove the ingrown section of nail (NOT THE WHOLE NAIL) & if needed, apply a chemical to prevent that section of nail regrowing & thereby “curing” the problem – doesn’t that sound great!
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, treat early & correctly by seeing one of our Podiatrist’s. Call our clinic to make an appointment or book online now by clicking the “Book Appointment” button above.
Our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic are trained to assess, diagnose & treat ingrown toenails. Treatment of an ingrown toenail may require simply cutting the nail correctly to remove the ingrown section while other times a minor surgical procedure is required to treat the problem. Please call us if you would like to speak with us about your pain or book an appointment today by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button above.