How to Know if You Need Ingrown Toenail Surgery
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain and inflammation. The most common causes include:
- Improper toenail trimming:
- Trimming toenails too short or rounding the corners can cause the nail to grow into the skin.
- Trauma: Injuries to the toe, such as stubbing or dropping something on it, can cause an ingrown toenail.
- Genetics: Some people may be more prone to ingrown toenails due to the shape or structure of their toenails.
- Tight footwear: Shoes or boots that are too narrow can force the nail into the soft tissue of the toe.
The Symptoms of Ingrown Nails
It is usually evident if you have an ingrown nail unless it is completely buried in the skin. If you suspect an ingrown nail, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain and tenderness along the side of the toenail.
- Swelling and redness around the toenail.
- Infection, which may cause drainage or pus.
What Treatment is Available for Ingrown Toenails?
Treatment options for ingrown toenails depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, home remedies such as soaking the foot in warm salty water and elevating it can help reduce pain and swelling. Other treatment options include antibiotics to clear the infection.
We also perform routine treatment and removal if surgery isn’t an option. If it is, we can either do a partial or total nail removal if the case is severe. We use the latest techniques to prevent further ingrown toenails.
How You Can Prevent Ingrown Toenails
- Cut toenails straight across and avoid rounding the corners.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that provide adequate space for the toes.
- Avoid injuring the toes and protect them during physical activity.
- Maintain good foot hygiene by keeping feet clean and dry.
- Treat infection appropriately if present.
Take Care of Your Toenails
If you have concerns about ingrown toenails or any other foot or ankle condition, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists. Together we can develop a personalised treatment and prevention plan.