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What you need to know about ingrown toenail (Onychocryptosis)?

When a nail is ingrown, the edge of the nail curves and grows into the skin, causing irritation, swelling, and ongoing pain.

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If an ingrown nail is left untreated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by inflammation with blood or purulent exudate and a foul odor. Even a small nail can cause excruciating pain that affects your lifestyle and comfort.

What causes ingrown toenail?

Trauma – Stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe or engaging in activities that involve repetitive pressure on the toes, such as kicking or landing on the toes can lead to changes in the nail.

Nail pathology – Nail disorder such as fungal nail infection can lead to abnormal changes in the nail shape.

Improper trimming – This appears to be the most common cause of ingrown toenail is cutting your nails too short. This encourages the skin next to the nail to fold over the nail edge.

Ill-fitting footwear –The pressure from squashing your feet in shoes that are too small or too tight in the toe box can cause the toenails to become ingrown.

Toe deformity – Bunion/Hallux Valgus, a condition where the big toe deviates toward the small toes, the resultant pressure on the toenail could eventually cause the nail edge to grow into the skin.

Foot pronation –As the foot rolls inward, the big toe internal rotates causing the skin on the side of toenail to push up against the nail edge.

Heredity – Many people are just genetically prone to getting an ingrown toenail.

What can be done about it?

Ingrown toenails can be managed by regular general podiatry treatment.

Or if indicated, a partial nail avulsion with matrixectomy surgery can be performed in the clinic to resolve this problem permanently. This is done under local anesthetics and the procedure is generally painless.

A partial nail avulsion surgery involves gentle lifting and resection of the offending nail’s edge and matrix (nail root). A medically used chemical is applied in the area, which prevents up to 95% of nail regrowth in the same area. It has a very high success rate to remove an ingrown toenail permanently

Post-surgical pain is often minimal. You will be able to immediately walk on the foot.

Our friendly podiatrists will be able to address any concerns you may have with regard to surgery. If surgery is not suitable due to a history of allergic reaction to local anesthetics, pregnancy or concerns with breastfeeding, or you simply just don’t like having a surgical procedure, the less invasive nail bracing treatment could be the best alternative solution for you! Discover more about the revolutionary ingrown toenail treatment HERE.

Treat it sooner rather than later, we can help with ingrown toenail! Contact us to discuss the best treatment option for your ingrown toenail today!