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What is an ingrown toenail and how is it treated?

entral Coast Podiatry Coast Sport

Ingrown Toenails & Treatment


The term “ingrown toenail” is basically used to illustrate various problems that lead to discomfort and pain all around the toe nails despite the unsaid fact that in most of the cases the nail doesn’t actually “grow” into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails may present in all age groups of patients but it more frequently occurs in younger patients. Usually the lateral or medical side of the toe nail penetrates or irritates the skin creating pain, redness, swelling and infection.

What Causes Pain around the Nails:

  • Improper cutting.
  • Poor fitting footwear
  • Very curly nails
  • Chubby toes
  • Flat feet
  • Walking abnormalities
  • Corns, calluses and dry skin
  • Genetics

How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Treated?

There are two basic ways to treat the trauma of ingrown toenails. Conservatively treatment and surgical treatment.

Conservative Treatment:

  • Proper cutting techniques
  • Relieving the pressure off the surrounding area
  • Soaking your feet in salt water (Luke warm water)
  • Using Antibiotics (when prescribed)
  • Gently lifting up the nail corner that is digging into the skin
  • Eliminating the root cause of the nail trauma

Surgical Treatment:

Ingrown toenail surgery includes a number of dissimilar options. If it is a recurring problem, it is recommended that your Podiatrist will perform a small surgical procedure in which the offending piece of nail is removed, either on a temporary or permanent basis.

If the ingrown toenail cannot be dealt with via conservative treatment, a surgical procedure is advised to be performed by a Podiatrist.

Total or Partial Nail Avulsions (Removal) are performed by Podiatrists under local anesthesia in the clinic. Once the Ingrown nail is removed, the growth plate is neutralised by using the repeated application of a Chemical called phenol which will stop that section of the nail growing back.

Surgical treatment such as a Total or Partial Nail Avulsion provide almost 95% success rate in treating the problems of ingrown toenails. This option often results in quick healing with a return to the normal activities within a few days.

Matt Shanahan - Podiatrist

Summing Up:

If you are one of those people who are putting up with this painful problem, you should consider Nail Surgery for Ingrown Toenails. It is advised that this procedure be done by an experienced podiatrist in a reliable clinic.

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