What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are a common complaint and can often cause a lot of pain. They occur when a small portion of the nail, grows into the side of the toe.
Often antibiotics are prescribed to clear any infection, however the pain may remain until the offending nail spike is safely removed by a Podiatrist.
Treatment of an ingrown toenail, if caught early enough is often quick and painless, and usually doesn’t require the use of any anaesthetic injections. We may even be able to implement the use of the BS Brace (a small magnetic strip) to encourage normal nail growth.
Usually we will attempt to manage an ingrown toenail with routine regular care ad education on correct nail cutting techniques. we will also review your footwear and biomechanics to ensure there is no underlying cause of the ingrown nail.
Long term management
Sometimes, even with regular Podiatry, ingrown toenails can become recurrent and debilitating. In some cases, we may recommend a more long term solution of a minor surgical procedure to remove the offending nail portion completely.
What are the causes?
- Involuted (curved) nails
- Restrictive footwear
- Incorrect cutting technique
- Onychophagia (picking of nails)
- Trauma to the nail or nail bed