This March Break, let’s take a moment to check your kids’ favourite shoes to ensure they are not too tight, putting them at risk of developing an ingrown toenail. If you or your loved ones are experiencing any trouble with your toes, we are open this March Break! Learn more about this common problem and how to treat it below.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, is a condition that occurs when the edge of the toenail is driven into the tissue surrounding it, causing pain and/or infection. Ingrown toenails occur most frequently alongside the big toe.
improper trimming of toenails
wearing shoes or boots that are too tight
Other Causes for Ingrown Toenails
poor foot structure
Ingrown Toenail Treatments
In most cases, a mildly ingrown toenail can be treated at home. First, soak the area in warm, soapy water. Then trim away the ingrown part of the nail. Gently lift the free edge and place sterile cotton under the nail until swelling is reduced.
If you are curious as to the in’s and out’s of nail surgery, watch the time-lapse video showing our chiropodist, J. Richard Werkman, performing nail surgery at our clinic.
WARNING: Video contains graphic content
We would also like to stress that People living with diabetes should never attempt to remove an ingrown toenail. Professional diabetic footcare is needed. Book an appointment with your Chiropodist immediately.