Stop painful, unsightly ingrown toenails from holding you back in life.
Ingrown toenails are a common and annoying complaint. Even shoes and the weight of bed sheets can cause irritation that interferes with your day-to-day activities. A minor ingrown toenail can turn in to a infection that, if left untreated, could become quite serious.
Causes of ingrown toenails:
- Injury: Poor cutting techniques are a common culprit. Attempts at self-treatment, such as digging the nail out, do more harm than good.
- Ill-fitting footwear: Shoes with a narrow toe box can put pressure on the skin and nail, leading to soreness, swelling, and eventually ingrowth.
- Heredity: The shape of your toes and nails may make you more prone to ingrown toenails.
Always seek professional treatment for ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails rarely improve on their own. Remember: early treatment is easier treatment. We see toenail complaints every day and can remove the offending portion quickly with special sterile instruments.
Will I need surgery to fix my ingrown toenail?
During your initial consultation, our podiatrists will examine your toe and ask questions to determine the cause of the nail problem. Some ingrown toenails respond well to simple trimming and dressing. This nonsurgical treatment is the most common procedure we perform in our podiatry clinic.
If a conservative approach is unsuccessful, we can carry out a simple and safe surgical nail-removal procedure under local anaesthetic. We then apply a liquid treatment to prevent the nail from growing back. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, after which you will be able to walk out of our clinic and get on with a more active and comfortable life. As with any surgical procedure, you should still seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.