What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail affects the large toe in most cases but can also affect the other toes. An ingrown toenail occurs when a sliver of nail pierces the flesh at the side of the nail. The condition can be extremely painful and occasionally the toe can become infected. If an infection is present, the toe will become very inflamed and can produce pus and blood.
What causes it?
Toenails come in all shapes and sizes. Often the nail can be wide and appear fan shaped. Rather than the nail growing straight it may grow into the flesh resulting in an ingrown toenail.
Many of us also cut our toenails incorrectly. The nails should be trimmed straight across but we do tend to curve the nails at the edges. We also cut the nails too short. This can encourage the nail to grow into the nail bed.
Our footwear choices can also lead to ingrown toenails. Tight shoes and socks can push the nail into the flesh and can cause the nail to become ingrown.
We do find that the most common cause of an ingrown toenail is incorrectly trimming toenails. If you do have problems trimming your toenails a Podiatrist can help.
What are the treatment options?
Ingrown toenail management can be carried out by your Podiatrist. If your ingrown toenail isn’t too severe, it can usually be trimmed by your podiatrist. He or she will lift the edge of your nail and cut away the ingrown section. A local anaesthetic can be administered if your toe is too painful to touch.
What you need to do to get the treatment you need >
Step 2 : During your appointment we will
- Assess your Medical History
- Assess your basic neuro/vascular health
- Assess your ingrown toenail
- Advise you on treatment options
- Advise you on costs
Step 3: Treat your toenail on the day if you do not require a Local Anaesthetic or Book you in for nail surgery.
WE often see patients who have been suffering with an ingrown toenail for MONTHS #dontsuffer
We provide a Nail Surgery Servise , to releive you from the pain, suffering and infection an Ingrown toenail can cause. This treatment is performed by our qualified Podiatrist, under a Local Anaesthetic, which numbs your toe before carrying out the surgery. #cleanclinic #Podiatry #nailsurgery
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