What is an Ingrowing Toenail?
Ingrowing toenails occur when the edge or corner of the nail grows in to the skin. – The skin next to the edge of the nail. This will then pierce the skin and will make the toe feel tender, swollen and inflamed. Ingrowing toe nails are common, it is usually the big toe affected.
If an ingrowing toe nail is left untreated it can begin to leak pus, it is always best to see a professional chiropodist as soon as you think you have an ingrown toe nail.
These can occur in any age but commonly teenagers and young adults present with this problem.
What are the symptoms of an Ingrowing Toenail?
– Skin that is hard, swollen or tender
– Pain from the nail or surrounding skin
– Bleeding or pus
What are the causes of an Ingrowing Toenail?
The main causes of ingrowing toenails are:
– Narrow fitting footwear
– A poor nail cutting technique
– A nail with naturally curved edges, rather than a flat nail.
What should I do if I have an Ingrowing Toenail?
You need to seek immediate treatment from a Chiropodist . They are fully qualified to remove the piece of nail that is pressing into the skin. If it is not acted upon quickly, the problem worsens as the nail grows in deeper and becomes more painful.
What shouldn’t I do if I have an Ingrowing Toenail?
Do not ignore the issue, it will only get worse over time. Wear wide fitted shoes to keep pressure off the toes is advisable, high heeled, narrow shoes should be avoided.
Could there be any long – term effects of an Ingrowing Toenail?
The problem keep reoccurring and conservative treatment by a Chiropodist is not providing adequate relief, nail surgery may be required, where part of the nail is removed or all of the nail under local anesthetic. This provides a long term solution to the problem and avoids the chance of frequent flare-ups and associated infections.
Podiatry treatment for Ingrowing Toenails
A Chiropodist will carefully cut back the offending piece of nail. Advice regarding suitable footwear, nail cutting and cleanliness will be provided by the podiatrist to help prevent the problem from recurring. If the nail regularly becomes a problem then removal of part of the nail under local anaesthetic may be required (nail surgery).