What Are Ingrown Toenails?
An ingrown toenail is a condition that can occur when one of the upper corners of the toenail digs into the surrounding skin. This can happen when the nail changes shape for any reason and can affect people of all ages, including small children. While it most commonly affects the nails on the big toes, any toenail can become ingrown.
This condition can be very painful and can cause swelling and bleeding, making day-to-day activities difficult. Ingrown toenails may also lead to an infection if left untreated, so it’s important to book an ingrown toenail treatment as soon as possible.
Types Of Ingrown Toenails
There are two main types of ingrown toenails:
Where a spike of the nail is piercing the flesh. This type is typically acute (sudden onset) due to situations such as improper nail cutting, picking at the skin surrounding the nail, or nail trauma. When the spike grows into the skin, this leaves the area prone to infections, which may require antibiotics and potentially further treatment.
This is where the nail curls over a period of time, making it a chronic (long-term) condition. In many cases, this occurs due to ill-fitting shoes, poor foot structure, or a combination of both. In cases of chronic ingrown toenails, a simple nail surgery that permanently removes a small portion of the nail may be an option for you.
Symptoms Of Ingrown Toenails
If you have an ingrown toenail, you may experience:
- Prominent skin tissue
If you notice any discharge or excessive redness, you should contact a podiatrist as soon as possible. You should also make a podiatrist appointment if you have been using an at-home ingrown toenail treatment and have noticed it isn’t working effectively.
Treatment For Ingrown Toenails
At Midland Podiatry, we have 30 years of experience in addressing problems such as ingrown toenails. We understand how painful ingrown toenails can be, so we aim to do everything we can to alleviate your pain and prevent the problem from reoccurring.
Ingrown toenail treatment options will vary depending on factors such as the extent of your ingrown toenail, so the treatment for one person may be different to the next. We offer many solutions to remove the offending nail edge, from simple one-off treatments such as removing a small wedge of the nail to minor surgical procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ingrown Toenails
What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails can be caused by several problems. Typical causes of ingrown toenails include:
- Curved nails
- Trauma or injury to the toe/s
- Tight/narrow shoes
- Improper nail cutting
- Swelling of the feet, known as oedema
- Lack of regular foot hygiene
- Nail or nail bed infection
- Poor foot alignment, which can lead to excessive pressure on the side of the toe
- Excessively thick nails
- Bony prominence under the nail
- Participating in sports that involve kicking and/or stop-and-start movements
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
Prevention is always preferable to treatment wherever possible. To keep ingrown toenails at bay as best you can, ensure you:
- Maintain proper foot hygiene
- Cut your toenails straight across
- Round off corners with a nail file
- Wear footwear suitable for the activity you plan to do
- Do not rip or tear the edges of nails
- Avoid shoes with pointy or narrow toes
Which surgical treatment of ingrown toenails is right for me?
We offer partial nail avulsion (PNA) and total nail avulsion (TNA) as surgical options. Both of these procedures can be performed with the option to allow the nail to grow back or to permanently prevent it from growing back. Your podiatrist will discuss your options with you during your consultation. To find out the treatment options available for you, contact us at Midland Podiatry today.
Why Choose Midland Podiatry?
Experienced Podiatry Team
When it comes to healthcare, you want to be sure you’re going to the best provider possible. With over 30 years of combined podiatry experience, the Midland Podiatry team has the skill and expertise you know you can trust in an emergency. Well-versed in an array of podiatry procedures, we’re ready to help you out however we can.
What sets Midland Podiatry apart? Easy – for us, the patient is the number one priority. This extends to every aspect of our care, from our dedication to making sure you feel comfortable during appointments to our personalised curated treatment plans. An appointment with us is designed to suit your every need!
No two patients are the same. That’s why we offer a wide variety of different treatment options to provide each individual person with the care that works best for them. From one-off treatments to minor surgeries, we can find the treatment plan that works for you and your body.
Book Your Podiatry Appointment Today
At Midland Podiatry, we’ve been providing comprehensive podiatry services for 30 years. We understand all too well how problems such as ingrown toenails can impact your life and impair your ability to complete day-to-day tasks with ease. Whatever the reason for your ingrown toenail, we use clinically-proven treatments in our hygienic, clean, and welcoming environment to help your feet feel their best and aim to prevent the toenail from growing inwards again.
When you book your ingrown toenail appointment with Midland Podiatry, you’re putting your feet first and helping to improve your life.