The Foot Group - Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails - Cause and treatment
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin or occurs when a fold of skin on the side of the toenail has grown over the nail. The condition commonly occurs in big toenails but any of the other toenails can also be affected.
Located in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches close to Manly, Warringah, Pittwater and North Shore areas the podiatrists at The Foot Group can provide treatment for many foot problems including ingrown toenails.
The Foot Group explain - Why do ingrown toenails occur?
It is important to regularly cut your toenails but did you know that you can cut your nails too short. Sometimes if you cut your toenails too short it can result in an ingrown toenail developing. Trimming your nails this way can encourage your nail to grow into the skin and a fold of skin to form over the nail bed. Regular and proper trimming can reduce the risk of this occurring.
The other major cause of ingrown toenails is the consistent wearing of shoes that are too tight. Make sure that the shoes you wear on a regular basis do not constrict your toes, especially shoes that you do physical activity in. A good shoe store should assist you in the correct fitting of your shoes.
Some physical activity may cause repeated pressure on your toes and this may also result in an ingrown toenail developing.
An ingrown toenail can also occur from a trauma to the toe, such as stubbing the toe or having the toe stepped on. And some people are always going to develop ingrown toenails due to their toenails growing too large for their toes.
What does an ingrown toenail look or feel like?
Usually you can feel an ingrown toenail as it becomes tender and sore on the affected side. It can become swollen and red, especially if there is any infection present. If there is infection, it may seep from the affected area. It is an uncomfortable problem that can impact on your everyday life.
What can the podiatrist at The Foot Group do to help ingrown toenails?
The Foot Group suggest regular and correct trimming of the toenails by a trained podiatrist is often the best way to prevent an ingrown toenail forming. Also, having your footwear properly assessed and fitted will help, and our podiatrists can provide expert advice as to the correct fit of your shoes.
A simple procedure where the nail spike is removed from the affected toenail can often fix the problem. However, in more severe cases, surgery under local anaesthetic to remove part of or all of the nail may be required. A podiatrist will advise as to what is the best treatment in each circumstance.
For more information regarding treatment for ingrown toenails or treatment for other foot problems make an appointment wiht a podiatrist at The Foot Group, Brookvale, Warringah on the Northern Beaches.
The Foot Group
Suite 144 / 117 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale, Warringah on the Northern Beaches.
Easily accessible to the North Shore areas including Lane Cove, Ryde, Crows Nest, Chatswood, Willoughby and North Sydney