Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the skin, usually affect the big toe. Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own.
An ingrown toenail results in pain along the inside or outside border of the toenail. The toe may be sensitive to any pressure, even the weight of the bed sheets. There may be signs of infection and drainage of pus, or a watery discharge tinged with blood. There are many causes of an ingrown toenail: Improper trimming, tight shoes, abnormally shaped nail plate and/or trauma.
An infected ingrown toenail requires professional attention. Your Chiropodist may be able to alleviate your symptoms by properly cutting the toenail and providing a topical or oral prescription to help with infection. In reoccurring or severe cases, your Chiropodist may offer a permanent procedure to remove the ingrown border of the nail and use an acid to stop the regrowth of another potential ingrown.
This procedure is called a Partial Nail Avulsion and is done regularly in our clinic under a local anesthetic. There is minimal post-operative discomfort and after healing, the nail is normal in appearance, somewhat more narrow than before.
Treats: Ingrown Toenail
If you are suffering from an Ingrown Toenail, contact the clinic as soon as possible to book in for an assessment and/or treatment.
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