Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails “Onychocryptosis” are one of the most common foot problems treated by your Chiropodist/Podiatrist. They can be very painful and cause infection, sometimes making you stop your everyday activity.

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a nail spike that penetrates the skin along the outside margins of the nail plate, causing pain. Some ingrown toenails are chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection. Pain can be present without infection. If there is an infection, the usual signs include redness, swelling, warmth, pus, and pain. 

We can help you get rid of, prevent and heal your ingrown toenails so that you can get back to your everyday life.

 

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Causes for ingrown toenails can range from quite a few different things but may be caused by the improper cutting of your toenails, which can leave a sharp ‘spike’ of the nail that will end up penetrating your skin. However, it can also be in your family history!

Other common causes of ingrown toenails;

  • Tight-fitting shoes which “squish” the toes together
  • Socks that are too tight
  • Abnormal shape of the nail plate
  • Trauma to the nail plate or toes

Whatever the cause, make sure to always consult a Chiropodist/Podiatrist. We are here to help!

Why Treat Your Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails are not normal and you don’t need to live with toenail pain! Secondly, there is a wide range of complications that an untreated ingrown toenail can cause such as infection, bleeding, inflammation, and overgrowth of tissue!

There are more complications that can come with an ingrown toenail such as:

  • Loss of the nail plate due to infection
  • Deformity of the nail bed
  • A benign tumour called a granuloma can form along the nail margins

Please note that patients with diabetes and those with poor circulation to the feet must never attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home. Always consult your Chiropodist/Podiatrist!

Prevention Is Key!

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails.

  1. Cut the nails straight across
  2. Avoid tight-fitting footwear/socks
  3. Never use scissors to cut your toenails
  4. Protect your feet from trauma
  5. Contact your chiropodist immediately if any signs of infection are present.

 

How We Can Help

 

OnyFix and Nail Spike Removal

Some ingrown toenails only require a local anesthetic and a simple procedure that removes the offending piece of the nail. We’ll assess the ingrown toenail to see if a simple nail spike removal will do the job and if that isn’t suited then we move forward to Onyfix!

Onyfix is an actual nail correction system. It’s a painless bracing device that elevates the nail corners to prevent penetration into the skin. Helping you get back to painless living again!

 

Surgical Treatment
Chronic ingrown toenails that cause repeated irritation and infection require quick corrective surgery to eliminate this recurring problem. It may require the removal of a small portion of the nail or sometimes the entire nail.

One procedure is called Partial Nail Avulsion. It’s a very simple 5 step procedure that takes less than 15 minutes!

  • Anesthetize the toe
  • Apply a tourniquet 
  • Remove the offending nail border
  • Chemical cautery to the offending nail area
  • A sterile dressing and good to walk home!

Although it may sound scary, the procedure is painless as the toe is frozen. And not to worry, there is usually no post-operative bleeding and recovery is quick. You will most likely be able to return to work/school within a day or two afterwards. 

We provide you with all the steps for at-home care and after healing, the nail is normal in appearance and slightly narrower than before. 

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How do you fix an ingrown toenail?

Proper home care is imperative. Ingrown toenails are caused by a nail spike. Removing the nail spike is the key to fixing the problem. Seeking immediate help is essential to ensure infection does not occur. Both conservative and surgical options are available at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic.

How do you loosen an ingrown toenail?

Soak your foot in warm water for 15 minutes. This will help alleviate pain and discomfort. Always consult with your Chiropodist should pain persist or infection is present.

How do you get rid of an ingrown toenail at home?

Prevention is key. Always ensure to: cut the nails straight across, avoid tight-fitting footwear/socks, never use scissors to cut your toenails, protect your feet from trauma. Contact your chiropodist immediately if any signs of infection are present.

Can an ingrown toenail heal itself?

An ingrown toenail will not heal itself. Ingrown toenails are caused by nail spikes and they must be removed to fix the problem. Seek immediate treatment before the problem advances into an infection.