Ingrown Toenails are one of the most common toenail problems. They may be caused by improperly trimmed toenails, excessively curved edges of nails, chubby toes , shoe pressure or repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities. Frequently the pain can be made worse due to a corn or callous in the groove of the toenail as well.
Most cases will require conservative treatment, the Podiatrist will clear the area that is causing pain. This is never recommended for you to do yourself, as you can increase the risk of infection as you do not have sterile instruments. Also this may lead to more damage of the nail edge making it more of a challenge to repair. Our instruments are designed specifically for this task. With the Podiatrist’s skill we can often correct an issue very quickly and reduce pain instantly.
Other Ingrown Toenails may need a more permanent fix. Our Podiatrists do this with a minor surgical correction which is done in our rooms, under local anaesthetic in the affected toe. The whole nail is not removed. We only remove the small portion of nail that is causing the problem. You can walk straight out after surgery, but you will have a dressing on your toe. The procedure itself does not hurt, local anaesthetic ensures no feeling during the procedure. You can read a book, listen to music or play a game on your phone during the procedure.
There is no need to put up with Ingrown Toenails and painful infections.