INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT
WHAT IS AN INGROWN TOENAIL?
An ingrown toenail is a common problem caused by the nail growing into the skin around it. The digging in effect caused by the nail can result in redness, pain and swelling.
If the skin becomes broken, bacteria can then enter the wound and cause an infection. You may experience fever-like symptoms, and you may notice a green or yellow pus-like fluid oozing out of the nail.
Any nail that curves downwards and into the skin can cause an infection, so inspect your toenails regularly and book an appointment with MyFootMedic if you notice signs of infection.
WHAT CAUSES AN INGROWN TOENAIL?
INGROWN TOENAILS CAN BE CAUSED BY:
- Badly cut toenails that are too short
- Tight-fitting shoes, tights or socks that put pressure on the toes
- Injury to the nail like stubbing a toe or repeatedly kicking a ball
- Fungal infections
- Losing a nail through trauma
THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF INGROWN TOENAIL:
- Involuted nail – strictly speak, this is not a true ingrown toenail. An involuted nail is where the nail is applying pressure on the surrounding skin but has not made a wound.
- Nail spike – this is where a section of the nail is either broken or has been cut poorly, and a point has formed. The ‘spike’ then pierces in to the skin leading to pain and potential infection.
- Onychocryptosis – this is where a large portion of nail has grown into the skin on either side of the nail. There will be red skin tissue to the side of the painful areas. An infection may also be present, and there is likely to be substantial pain when pressure is applied.
- Retronychia – this is a rarer form of ingrowing nail. The pain and redness is often at the base of the toenail. These are commonly accompanied by infection.
INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT
Our extensive range of podiatry services are designed to spot problems early and prevent ingrown toenails from becoming an issue.
A foot health check will help our podiatrists to assess and diagnose signs of an ingrown toenail.
We’ll demonstrate the proper nail cutting techniques to help prevent ingrown toenails. Your foot care specialist will cut your nails correctly, and may remove a build-up of hard skin from the side of the nails to reduce the risk of any future problems.
Your podiatrist will develop a personalised foot care plan, including advice on foot hygiene and wearing correctly sized shoes, socks and tights.
MILD CASES OF INGROWN TOENAIL
SERIOUS OR RECURRING CASES
Ingrown toenails can become a recurrent problem that reduces your quality of life. If that’s the case, we offer a complete treatment plan that deals with infection and stubborn ingrown nails.
Toenail surgery removes all or part of the nail under a local anaesthetic. This procedure may be necessary if the nail is badly infected or the nail plate is too broad.
This procedure is recommended when nail thickening or damage causes recurring problems that a nail resection or other treatment can’t fix. After the nail is removed, your podiatrist will treat the nail bed with phenol, a mild acid, to prevent nail regrowth.
A partial nail avulsion produces a more natural result with only a section of the nail removed. In severe cases, we may recommend removing the entire nail to prevent the problem from recurring.
You may also be given prescription medicines for infection. Your Podiatrist will want to ensure that the infection is clearing, and the toe is healing properly.
This treatment has a fast recovery time and an extremely high success rate, allowing you to start living your life free of the pain of ingrown toenails.
INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT IN BEDFORD WITH MYFOOTMEDIC
At MyFootMedic, we’ll help you to find the proper treatment for your ingrown toenail. Our highly trained podiatrists treat a full range of common conditions from routine foot care and health checks to specialist care and toenail surgery.
If an ingrown toenail negatively affects your quality of life, book an appointment today, and our podiatry team will suggest the appropriate treatment for you.
Book an appointment today, and our podiatrists will be able to assess, diagnose and treat your ingrown toenail using the most appropriate methods.