The specialists for Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Ingrown nails occur when the edges of a nail become embedded under the skin, causing irritation, redness, swelling, pain, inflammation and infection. Ingrown toenails occur in both women and men, and all age groups run the risk of this condition. While our big toes are the most susceptible to this condition, our other toenails and fingernails may also suffer from this condition, with the latter being at a lower risk than the others
Ingrown nails grow to the point where they may pierce the skin on the side of the nail causing wounds, allowing infection to take hold if left untreated. If inadequately treated, this condition may recur overtime. While antibiotics may be used for treating the infection, medication alone will not cure ingrown nails.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by:
- Improperly trimmed nails leaving a spike at the corner
- Crowding of toes due to tight footwear
- Trauma to the feet
When the nail is ingrown and breaks the skin, the wound will not heal properly unless the spike is removed. Infection can often be missed, leading to further problems.
People with eyesight problems, mobility issues, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders, and children/teenagers should avoid any form of self-treatment and seek immediate medical attention as ingrown nails can have complex complications and heightened risks for these groups.
It is extremely important to protect the affected toe(s) from the risk of infection. For example, you can clean your toe with saline solution and apply an antiseptic to the affected area. Cover it with a plaster and seek a podiatrist for ingrown toenail treatment as home remedies may not keep ingrown nails from recurring.
What can a podiatrist do for me?
Similar to having a piece of glass or splinter embedded in your skin, the offending spike of the ingrown toenail requires immediate medical attention and must be removed promptly.
A podiatrist is a foot specialist qualified to perform various treatments for nail conditions, including infections and ingrown toenails. The particular treatment for this condition will include removing the spike and cutting back the nail to a length which will promote the nail to grow straight without causing more pain. The podiatrist will apply a suitable dressing to help encourage wound healing and reduce any localised infection. The wound dressing will need to be changed regularly to prevent infection.
Podiatrists are experts in performing small delicate procedures with razor-sharp precision, incurring only minimal damage to the areas around the ingrown nail. Seeking professional treatment has several advantages.
- No stitches
- Swift Recovery
- Low chance of recurring
- Aesthetically Pleasing Results
In the case of incurvated toenails that lead to chronic pain and infections, the podiatrist may recommend nail surgery instead of routine nail care.
Please consult with our podiatrist to find out if you are suitable for this procedure as restrictions may apply depending on the status of your health.