Are you suffering from ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails can be a minor nuisance or lead to major pain & infection. But what is an ingrown toenail? It is simply when the edge of the nail digs into the surrounding skin & causes pain. But how can something so simple cause so much pain? Toes are very sensitive & when cramped in shoes for long periods & then standing & walking on your feet, an ingrown toenail becomes easily irritated & inflamed & swollen.

So how did it happen? There are many causes for an ingrown toenail but the two most common we see as Podiatrist’s are:
1. cutting the nail either too short or not cutting correctly & leaving a sharp edge to the nail which will cut into the skin.
2. having a curved rather than flat shaped nail & so as it grows the curved edge will again cut into the skin.

What can I do about it? Whether you can treat an ingrown toenail yourself really depends on how bad it is. You can attempt simple steps like soaking the toe in warm, salty water, applying antiseptics or attempting to gently remove the piece of ingrown nail. But this MAY aggravate & worsen the problem.

Early treatment by one of our Podiatrist’s will resolve most ingrown toenails quickly, simply & the important bit – PAINLESSLY!!!

However when a nail has become infected or too painful, we can perform a simple minor procedure under local anaesthetic & then remove the ingrown section of nail (NOT THE WHOLE NAIL) & if needed, apply a chemical to prevent that section of nail regrowing & thereby “curing” the problem – doesn’t that sound great!

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, treat early & correctly by seeing one of our Podiatrist’s. Call our clinic to make an appointment or book online now by clicking the “Book Appointment” button

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What to expect at your consultation

When you see one of our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic, you’ll not only feel welcomed but confident in their care.

We’ll initially take the time to learn about you and your problem and how it’s affected you and what it’s stopping you from doing. We will then take a thorough history and perform a detailed examination to determine what’s wrong and the cause of your problem.

Part of the examination will involve observation of your walking which may also include the use of video or Gaitscan (this measures the pressure applied under your feet). We may also refer you for further xrays or ultrasound if indicated.

Finally, we will give you a plan which will clearly detail what the problem is, why it’s there and what we will do to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary according to your problem but may include a combination of hands on therapy (foot mobilisation and dry needling), strapping, exercise, footwear advice, laser, orthotic therapy and general foot care.

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