Ingrown toenails are the most common treated nail condition in our practice.
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail, usually on the big toe, grows into the skin adjacent to it.
An ingrown toenail may be very painful as the toenail digs into the flesh and can result in swelling around the affected nail, redness, pus or even an abscess.
What causes Ingrown Toenails?
Some causes include:
- Poor nail cutting technique
- Poor fitting footwear
- Involuted/Incurvated nails
- Chubby toes
- Flat feet
- Corns and Calluses
- Toe injury/trauma
Ingrown Toenail treatment
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can progress into an infection or even an abscess that would require surgical treatment.
If you think you are developing an ingrown toenail, keep pressure off the area and apply betadine. It is best to treat ingrown toenails early, at the first sign of pain or discomfort. This will minimize the chance or severity of the infection. Treatment in the early stages is usually fast and effective with immediate relief.
The ingrown part of the toenail is often deep beneath the skin fold, making it difficult to see yourself. Treatment will likely involve removing the ingrown piece of toenail, which may first require the toe to be anaesthetised with a local anaesthetic. If infection is present, oral antibiotics may be prescribed.
At Highett Podiatry, we perform simple nail surgery that will remove ingrown toenails.