Helping Your Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are not normal, and you don’t need to deal with the pain!
An untreated ingrown toenail can cause a wide range of complications, such as infection, bleeding, inflammation, and overgrowth of tissue. Further complications can occur with an untreated ingrown toenail, such as loss of the nail plate due to infection, deformity of the nail bed, and a benign tumour called a granuloma that can form along the sides of the nail.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails is Key:
Here are some tips to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails. Please note patients with diabetes and those with poor circulation to the feet must never attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home. Always consult with your Chiropodist /Podiatrist immediately if any signs of infection are present.
Cut the nails straight across
Avoid tight-fitting footwear/socks
Never use scissors to cut your toenails.
Protect your feet from trauma
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails can be caused by many things, including but not limited to: improper nail trimming, leaving a sharp ‘nail spike’ which penetrates the skin, family history of abnormal nail shape, tight-fitting footwear/socks, trauma to the toe, and even weight gain & swelling.
Whatever the cause, make sure always to consult a Chiropodist/Podiatrist. We are here to help!
How Can We Help?
Short-term pain relief and long-term permanent solutions are available. Local anesthetic (freezing) is also available.
Nail Spike Removal
Some ingrown toenails only require proper professional nail trimming to remove an offending piece of nail. This may present as a nail spike, sharp edge post-pedicure, or result from a toe trauma such as stubbing your toe. A local anesthetic (freezing) can ensure a pain-free experience in painful cases.
Partial nail avulsion +/- matrixectomy
Re-occurring ingrown toenails are not normal, and typically tell us that the toenail’s shape or width is no longer appropriate for the surrounding skin.
Involuted toenails that curl at the edges can also create ingrown toenail symptoms and be difficult to trim at home. In this case, Onyfix is a new discrete pain-free bracing system applied to the toenail to straighten or ‘un-curl’ the toenail effectively. It can also be used for spit toenails acting like glue.