An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail is driven into the toe by shoes (or boots) that are too tight. The nail cuts into the side of the toe, creating a shooting pain as it puts pressure on the nerves.
The area is usually red and may be warm. If not treated, it is prone to infection; and once infected, the area becomes painful, red, and swollen and pus-filled blisters may develop.
The 1, 2, 3 of Prevention of Ingrown Toenails:
1. Always wear properly fitted footwear with enough room in the toe area of the shoe or boot.
2. Nails should be trimmed often and allowed to overhang slightly beyond the skin of the toe. Too long or too short nails can start to grow inward.
3. Cut nails parallel to the shape of your toe; trimming your toenails straight across, not curved at the edge of the toenail.
Treatment for Ingrown Toenails:
Yes! We provide complete treatment for ingrown toenails and perform in-office nail surgeries.
Mildly ingrown toenails can be trimmed away, the free edge gently lifted, and sterile cotton placed under the nail until the swelling goes away.
A simple in-office nail surgery procedure can eliminate an ingrown toenail, in which the offending section of the nail is removed. The ingrown nail usually does not recur after a nail surgery.
If you suspect an ingrown toenail, talk to your Chiropodist or Podiatrist! We want everyone to enjoy healthy and happy feet! Book an appointment.