Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Elizabeth
Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Elizabeth
Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Elizabeth

Ingrown Toenail

What is it?

An ingrown toenail is a problem that will affect most people at some point in their life. Thankfully, this problem can generally be prevented as well as cured if it becomes a recurrent problem. An ingrown toenail results from the nail growing into the skin around it. This often occurs at either edge of the big toe. They can be hereditary.

You may experience a range of symptoms from mild tenderness at the tip of the nail through to significant pain in the entire toe. You may notice swelling, redness and if infected, there may also be pus & a strong odour. It can occur on any toe, on one or both sides but most commonly affects the inner side of the large toe. 

Cause

They occur generally because of either:


1. poor cutting technique i.e. cutting the nail too far down the side & leaving behind a sharp edge

2. nail growth issues such as a very curved nail "digging" into the skin around the edge of the naiil

How we can help you

This depends on the extent of the problem. If the nail is not infected, then often correct cutting of the nail is all that is required. Where the edge is infected or painful, a minor operation can be performed which will permanently fix the problem.