Ingrown Toenails, is there anything worse?
Ingrown toenails are a nasty, painful problem that happens to most of us at some stage. Ingrown toenails can range from mild to severe, and there are some people who are more likely to suffer from ingrown toenails than others.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of the nail grows into the skin beside it, causing pain, inflammation, redness, pus and sometimes infection.
Who is at risk?
- Those with nails that are naturally more curled around at the edge. These are called involuted nails.
- Those who have lots of bulky skin surrounding the edge of the nail.
- Those who pick their toenails.
- Those who cut their toenails too short.
- Those wearing shoes that are too tight.
- Sportspeople who wear tight shoes for their sport – for example in football and soccer.
Treatment for ingrown toenails:
- Clean your toenail and dress with an antiseptic solution like betadine and a bandaid
- If it is red and swollen, and pus can be seen, it may be infected and it is recommended you see your podiatrist for treatment
- Podiatrists can cut the nail to relieve pain and pressure; however, sometimes a minor surgery is required to remove the part of the nail that is ingrown. This is a painless procedure done under local anaesthetic.
If you are struggling with an ingrown toenail that won’t go away with home treatment, come and visit us at South Eastern Sports Podiatry and we will look after you and provide a quick resolution to your problem.