ingrowing toenail

Ingrowing Toenails

If you have an ingrowing toenail, don’t delay in seeking treatment.

We treat ingrowing toenails on a daily basis in our clinics.  Many patients have put up with them for weeks or even months before seeking help.  It is common for patients to have had multiple courses of anti-biotics but there problem always seem to return.  Many of them tell us that they were scared or nervous about getting treatment, as they thought it would be very painful.   Treatment is generally painless, so don’t put it off any longer, get in touch today.

What are Ingrowing Toenails?

Ingrowing toenails are a really common problem that can affect both children and adults.  An ingrowing toenail occurs when the toe nail pierces the flesh of the toe.  This can be very painful and often becomes red, swollen and infected.  An ingrowing toenail might be painful enough to stop you from wearing your favourite shoes, or from doing normal activities such as playing sport.

What causes an ingrowing toenail?

There are many reasons that you may have developed an ingrowing toenail.  Tight footwear or certain foot deformities such as bunions can cause your nails to change shape and dig in.  However, the most common cause is not cutting your toe nails properly.  If you cut your nails too short or leave a spur of nail at the side of the nail, you are at risk of developing an ingrown nail.  When you are cutting your toenails try not to cut them short down the sides.

How are Ingrowing Toenails treated?

Most of the time, it is possible to treat the painful nail conservatively without too much discomfort.  One of our Podiatrists will trim the nail, removing the spur of nail that is causing the pain.  If your toe is very painful, this can be done under local anaesthesia if required and we can arrange anti-biotic cover if necessary.  Sometimes, where conservative treatment isn’t successful, a minor operation is required.  We regularly perform Nail Surgery in our clean, safe and comfortable clinics to permanently remove either part of the nail, or the whole nail.  This is a very safe and simple procedure that has very few risks.  For more on nail surgery, see out blog HERE

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