An ingrown toenail is often described as creating a splinter-like sensation in the toenail. When inflamed or infected, an ingrown toenail can result in a very sore toe.
Usually, an ingrown toenail is where a piece of nail pierces the flesh of the toe. This usually affects the big toenail but can impact other toes too. In severe cases, an ingrown toenail can cause pus and bleeding.
There are many factors that can make you prone to ingrown toenails, including:
It’s likely you will know if you have an ingrown toenail because:
However, it’s not always this easy to identify an ingrown toenail. Sometimes the pain can be attributed to the following:
At Footfocus Podiatry, your treatment options will vary depending on the factors causing your ingrown toenail and the severity of your symptoms:
1. If the cause of your ingrown toenail is fluff or debris, your Footfocus podiatrist will remove it and, if necessary, thin the nail. The offending spike of nail will be removed and covered with an antiseptic dressing.
2. For toes too painful to touch, a local anaesthetic will be injected before removing the offending part of the nail.
3. For toes that have bleeding or discharge from an infection around the nail, or even excessive healing flesh (hypergranulation tissue) around the nail, we will prescribe antibiotics to manage the infection. We will also remove the offending spike of nail and cover with an antiseptic dressing.
4. If there is a particular underlying reason for your ingrown toenail, we will identify and discuss the appropriate action to help prevent it from growing back. We may recommend performing a poor gait, a partial nail avulsion (PNA), along with finding a more permanent solution to the underlying condition. Where appropriate, a total nail avulsion (TNA) may be performed, where the entire nail plate and root are removed.
Removing part or all of the nail is done under a local anaesthetic where part of the nail is removed (including the root), leaving a permanently narrower nail. We use the chemical phenol to cauterise the nail and prevent it from regrowing.
We perform this procedure weekly and have seen first-hand the high success rate (95%) that partial and total nail removal has in treating ingrown toenails. As we adopt a complete approach to health, from the feet up, we are dedicated to providing you with an effective and comprehensive ingrown toenail treatment.
If left untreated, an infection from an ingrown toenail can develop throughout your foot and, in very rare cases, enter the bloodstream.
You should also visit a podiatrist if you experience:
You should see a podiatrist urgently if you have:
Constant development in our skills, knowledge and state of the art technology means we are able to give you the highest quality care possible. We are completely committed to providing you with professional, proactive and friendly foot care that will enable you to enjoy an active life.
Book an appointment today to avoid the pain and discomfort of an ingrown toenail. For proactive support and advice on how to prevent future foot concerns, book a Podiatry appointment.
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