Ingrown toenails are a painful condition that occur when a sharp corner of the toenail digs into the skin, mostly at the side of the toe, but can also occur at the end of a toe. Pain and also inflammation present at the site where the nail is curling into the skin. As the condition worsens, this site can begin to grow extra tissue (which is even more painful) and often drain a yellowish fluid. This is often accompanied by an unpleasant smell. Most commonly occurring in the big toes, but we have treated all toes here at Footpoint. If left untreated it can have serious infection complications, interfering with your work and lifestyle.
We see the most common causes as tight fitting shoes, improper trimming of nails, and also family history of nail shape and foot posture. Yes, you can blame Mum & Dad for some things! Other causes are injury of the toes and feet, and conditions like fungal nails.
The Footpoint Podiatry Team are experts at diagnosing ingrown toenails, and providing on the spot treatment as well as ongoing treatment plans to be followed at home. We can teach you how to care for your for your foot health, and prevent ongoing complications of this condition.
In some circumstances we will advise for a surgical solution to your ingrown toenail problems. Again, The Footpoint Podiatry Team are experts at knowing when this treatment is required, and also how to get the best results for function, immediate pain reduction and aesthetics.
If you, or someone you know are suffering Ingrown Toenails, send them our way!
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