How do I fix my ingrowing toenail?
Ingrowing toenails (IGTN) can be a very painful and frustrating condition. They can limit you from wearing shoes, playing sport or can even disrupt your sleep patterns. I consult at our Geelong, Colac and Drysdale Podiatry clinics and we see this condition nearly everyday! Ingrowing toenails are a conditions we can manage relatively pain free!
What do ingrowing toenails look like?
- They are usually red and swollen (but not always)
- The nail can be embedded in the side of the skin (sulci)
- A cut may have formed in skin from the nail
- Fluid and / or infection may be present
- Sometimes they might not even look angry, they can be just really sore!
- There can also be excess skin formation (like the picture below) from infection or trauma
What causes ingrowing toenails?
Good question! The cause is usually from a few different factors. We identify the factors that are causing your ingrowing nails and we address them!
- Nail shape – some people are predisposed to IGTN’s and generally their nail will curve in at the edges
- Cutting technique – cutting too deep into the corners can cause an IGTN or make it worse if you are prone to them
- Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating can make the skin soft and cause irritation where the nail meets the skin
- Trauma – damage to the nail can cause it to grow misshapen.
- Pressure – sometimes the way you walk and / or shoes can increase pressure on the nail and cause it to in grow.
Podiatry Management of ingrowing toenails
We can help!
- Remove offending piece of nail using small instruments (we are good at this!)
- Betadine and sterile dressing to reduce risk of infection
- Salt water bathing at home until area heals
- Wearing shoes that are have enough wiggle room around your toes
- Regular nail cutting with Podiatrist
- Partial Nail Avulsion – permanent removal of portion of nail under local anaesthetic
- Updating footwear and / or improving the way your feet function
If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me, I would love to help.
If you or someone you know has a sore toe, please call us on 1300 855 189 to make an appointment or book your appointment online.
Yours in keeping people active, healthy and happy,