Relief From Ingrowing Toenails

Certified & Permanent Treatment

An ingrown nail is a common toe problem where the toenail, instead of growing in the right direction, grows into the toe. This condition is highly painful for the sufferer and may create hindrance and pain in daily activities.

The Causes

There are many causes behind ingrown toenails which are:

  • Incorrect trimming or cutting of toenails. Cutting them straight is the ideal way rather than angling them at the sides.
  • The shape of toenails can also be a cause of ingrown toenails. Irregular or curved toenails can also initiate the condition of an ingrown toenail.
  • Wrong-sized footwear that exerts too much pressure on the big toes is also an underlying cause of ingrown toenails. Prolonged use of tight socks and stockings also promote this issue.
  • Other than these reasons, any injury can result in ingrown toenails such as any heavy dropping on the foot or any accident. Even kicking a ball for a prolonged-time period can also initiate the condition.
  • A bad posture can also result in an ingrown toenail.
  • Weak foot hygiene is also the ultimate cause of ingrown toenail. Not keeping your foot clean and dry can initiate the issue.

Other than these cause, ingrown nails are also very common in athletes as it requires constant use of feet for kicking or exerting pressure.

Professional Ingrown Toenail Treatment

In most cases, our podiatrist carries out  treatment to cure the condition. It involves partial removal of the nail. Your podiatrist may numb the area around your toe with the help of a local pain injection and remove it part of the nail as necessary. The process can be slightly painful in the beginning, but it is essential to treat it to get rid of any further complications.

During the surgical treatment, your podiatrist will more likely cut away the edges around your toenails completely.

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When & Why See A Podiatrist

You should see a podiatrist immediately if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Red and irritated skin around your toenail
  • Pain in your toe
  • Severe burning sensation around the toe
  • Sharp pangs of pain
  • Bleeding from the infected site
  • Pus
  • Throbbing pain
  • Increased warmth and redness around the toe
  • Foul smell from the infected site

Ingrown Toenail Treatment is Fast and Effective

Options To Fix Your Ingrowing Nail!

There are a few different options available to fix this painful issue, three are listed below.

Your doctor may also advise on some treatment at home to try to get rid of the condition first. However, we strictly advise you to visit a podiatrist if you are in too much pain or suspect infection in your toe.

Treatment For Minor Toe Nail Issue By Lifting The Nail:

In the early stages of an ingrowing nail where there maybe redness and pain but no pus, we have the  option of  carefully lifting the ingrowing nail edge and place cotton, dental floss or a splint under it, separating the nail from the overlying skin which helps the nail grow above the skin edge.

Treatment For Severe Nail Condition By Partially Removing The Nail:

When the nail ingrowing is more severe, for example redness, pain as well as  pus, we may trim or remove the ingrown portion of that nail. If necessary we may  your doctor may temporarily numb your toe with an anesthetic.

Treatment For Problematic Nails By Removing The Nail And Tissue:

If the problem is left untreated or is keeps reocurring on the same toe, your doctor may suggest removing a portion of the nail along with the underlying nail bed or tissue, preventing that part of your nail from growing back.

Where To Get Help

HealthPoint Podiatry routinely treats customers with ingrown toe nails  at our Liverpool Podiatry Clinic and no referral is required!