Ingrown Toenails

Toenails are said to be ingrown when the edges grow down, ‘turning in’ and piercing the skin. This occurs instead of the normal expected outward growth.

They are known to cause pain, discomfort and limit the use of the affected toe. Driving, walking, and other daily activities may become difficult.

Pain may gradually worsen to become excruciating. Ingrown toenails can get infected or bleed if they’re left untreated.

They are bothersome, problematic and infection-prone. This infection may last a long time predisposing to dangerous bone infections that have dire consequences.

Symptoms of ingrown toenails

Other than the pain, several other signs point to this condition such as swollen skin around the nail and a build-up of fluid around the toe.

It could get infected as the situation worsens leading to bleeding, oozing of pus, and an overgrowth of skin around the area in addition to the above symptoms.

Causes include trauma, wetness, sporting activities improper hygiene, poor nail trimming techniques, structural nail anomalies, or even ill-fitting shoes [1].

What can podiatrists do about ingrown toenails?

Podiatrists offer specialized care for ingrown toenails often beginning with a clinical assessment. They will then proceed to classify your ingrown toenail as either major or minor. Treatment approaches differ with the level of severity.

A podiatrist would most likely remove the ingrown portion of the nail and prescribe medication to treat the infection [2].

They would usually begin with a clinic procedure referred to as partial nail avulsion (PNA). A small bit of the affected nail is removed under a local anaesthetic.

This is usually done to contain the infection and is temporary. This must be done using sterile instruments to prevent a recurrence.

The more definitive procedure involves the removal of a part of the toenail close to the growth plate. This is accompanied by the application of a chemical substance to prevent a recurrence.

Prognosis

Recovery from ingrown toenail procedures take about 4 weeks on average.

These conditions tend to recur and this must be prevented. You will receive advice on the effects of surgery, dressing the wound and preventing a recurrence. Also, you will receive some important nail cutting tips such as not going too deep or cutting the nail too close to the nail plate.

If you’re in the Gold Coast and you need mobile podiatry services, then reach out to The Foot Stop today.  You’ll receive the same services of a traditional podiatry clinic without having to go out with the pain.

Plus, you are assured of the highest standards of hygiene and care. The team is constantly evolving and aware of the latest trends in podiatry services in the Gold Coast and beyond.

References

  1. Ingrown Toenails: Why Do They Happen? Shannon Johnson. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/ingrown-toenail. Accessed 22-09-2020.
  2. What are Ingrown Toenails? APMA. https://www.apma.org/ingrowntoenails. Accessed 22-09-2020.
  3. The Foot Stop. https://thefootstop.com.au/. Accessed 22-09-2020.
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