What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This condition is most commonly seen in the toe, although it can occur in any toe. Ingrown toenails can result in pain, swelling, redness, and sometimes infection. The condition can be particularly uncomfortable when pressure is applied to the affected toe, such as when walking or wearing tight-fitting shoes.

What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

Several factors can contribute to the development of an ingrown toenail:

  1. Improper Nail Trimming. Cutting the toenails too short or not straight across can encourage the nail to grow into the surrounding skin.
  2. Tight Footwear. Shoes that are too tight or narrow near the toes can push the nail into the skin.
  3. Trauma. Injury to the toe, such as stubbing it, can sometimes cause an ingrown toenail.
  4. Genetics. Some people have naturally curved toenails that are more prone to becoming ingrown.

Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness along one or both sides of the nail
  • Swelling around the toenail
  • Redness and warmth
  • Pus drainage and infection (in more severe cases)

Ingrown Toenail Treatments

Treatment for an ingrown toenail may include:

  • Home Remedies. Soaking the foot in warm water mixed with Epsom salt, wearing loose-fitting shoes, and using over-the-counter pain relievers can sometimes alleviate symptoms.
  • Topical or Oral Antibiotics. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the area is infected.
  • Surgical Procedures. In more severe cases, part or all of the affected toenails may need to be removed. This is usually done under local anesthesia.
  • Professional Care. For persistent or recurring issues or for people with diabetes or poor circulation, professional medical treatment is advised.
  • Podofix® is an innovative method of correcting all forms of ingrown and inrolled nails. This form of nail correction is suitable for nearly everyone – also small children and diabetics. Therapists and their patients are convinced by the medical and cosmetic results. Contact Galleria Podiatry to book your treatment.

 

ingrown toenail diagnosis and treatment near Morley and Bayswater

Galleria Podiatry: Ingrown Nail Treatment Bayswater and Morley

Ingrown toenails are common in the podiatry clinic and will always be managed conservatively prior to any thought of surgery.

Conservative measures include removal of the nail spicule, advice on appropriate footwear and correct nail cutting techniques if these issues have proven to be contributing to the ingrown toenails.

Nail surgery is only indicated when conservative management of ingrown toenails fails.

It may also be required when nails are abnormally curved, thickened, damaged or if fungal infection is a problem. It involves removing part or the whole of the nail plate and matrix.

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