Ingrown Toenails Adelaide
Is the pain of your toenail causing you to limp?
Are the bedsheets even hurting your big toe?
Have you cut your ingrowing nail back and pain keeps returning?
Is there a nasty looking infection coming out of the side of your nail?
Toenails help to protect the sensitive tissues in our toes, but can cause severe pain if they cut into the toes. The feet endure a lot of stresses and strains with walking, running, wearing shoes, working and playing sport. Sometimes the whole nail or just a portion of it will grow into the skin and penetrate the skin’s surface. This problem commonly occurs on the big toe, however, smaller toes can be affected.
There are a number or reasons why ingrown toenails occur:
- Improper cutting
- nails should be cut along the contour of the toe or straight across
- don’t cut down the sides
- Poor fitting footwear
- tight shoes restrict room for nail growth leading to ingrown nails
- Incurvated nails
- sometimes the nail edge curves into the skin either due to trauma or a congenital disorder
- Chubby toes
- people with chubby toes will find the skin at the side of the toe is more likely to be traumatised or pierced by the nail as it grows straight out
Your ingrowing nail may be treated two ways based upon initial assessment and subsequent prognosis of the nail:
In terms of conservative treatment the podiatrist trim back the ingrowing nail and will instruct you on how to manage the nails in order to prevent recurrence of the ingrown toenails.
In terms of surgical correction of an ingrown toenail is a very simple ‘walk-in walk-out’ half an hour procedure with a high success rate and does not really the cosmetic appearance of the nail much.
Nail surgery is indicated when conservative management fails or if the ingrown has progress so far that treating it conservatively will most likely not be a solution.