What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side or corner of the nails digs into surrounding skin and the nail grows into your skin instead of growing over it.
This can cause pain, redness or swelling and potentially lead to an infection. Big toenails are most likely to be ingrown, however other toenails can also become ingrown.
Ingrown toenails can limit your normal activities and can become excruciatingly painful if left untreated.
At Norwest Podiatry Clinic ingrown toenails are the most common cause of nail pain seen and treated by our podiatrists.
What causes an ingrown toenail?
Common causes of ingrown toenails that we have seen at Norwest Podiatry Clinic are as follows.
How can a Podiatrist help with ingrown toenail?
At Norwest podiatry we will first assess your ingrown toenail and offer either a conservative treatment or a minor ingrown toenail surgery.
Conservative treatment involves cutting the ingrown side of the nail back and clearing the skin around the nail with specialised and sterile instruments.
This method relieves pain and can require regular treatments depending on the growth and shape of the nail. We will also advice you on proper footwear and proper nail cutting techniques to prevent ingrown toenail recurrence.
A minor surgical option will be suggested if the ingrown toenail is a recurrent problem or is at an advanced stage (for more info regarding surgical solution refer to minor nail surgery tab).
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail give us a call and make an appointment.