Ingrown toenails (Onychocryptosis) are extremely painful & common, especially in younger people but can occur at any age. Our clients often suffer with them for far too long having tried to remove them themselves or often hoping they will just go away -they won’t!!
What is an ingrown toenail?
This is when a piece of your nail has pieced through into the skin. As with any foreign object (Splinter etc) It will generally start to cause an inflammatory reaction then the pain starts. Often however, the nail may just feel ingrown.
There are several nail conditions which can make your nail feel ingrown including; a thickened nail (Onychauxis), a deformed nail (Onychogryphosis) or simply nail involution (Curvature). Therefore, it’s very important to visit our expert podiatrists ASAP who can accurately diagnose the problem and give you clear advise on your best treatment options.
How do you get them?
They are typically caused by poor nail cutting and leaving a nail splinter behind. Although they can be caused by trauma, tight footwear or even the shape of your nails.
What can be done to fix them?
If you attend soon enough our podiatrists are often able to simply remove the offending piece of nail which is stuck in the skin. This will cause either a small amount of pain or in many cases none. When the piece of nail has been fully removed, our podiatrist will then use an antiseptic & dressing to cover your toe and may refer you on to your GP for antibiotics. In some more severe or persistent cases your GP may need to refer you on for full nail surgery.
So, contact us today, it won’t go away!!