Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Ingrowing or Ingrown Toenails is a common condition and can affect men and women, however they are more common in teenagers.
Teenagers suffer more with ingrown toenails as during the teenage years, the feet tend to sweat more. This can cause the skin around the toenail to soften and split, resulting in an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail cuts into the skin next to the nail (the Sulcus). This can be extremely painful. The nail curls and pierces the skin, and the skin around the nail can become inflamed and infected. Any toe can be affected by an ingrown nail, but it is usually the big toe. The medical name for an ingrown toenail is Onychocryptosis.
There are several possible causes for ingrown toenails, including:
- Incorrectly cut toenails
- Tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights
- Excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
- Nail infections
- Natural shape of the toenail
There are several things you can do yourself to treat mild ingrown toenails and prevent them from getting worse:
- Good foot hygiene and washing them regularly using soap and water
- Trim the nail straight across to help prevent it continuing to dig into the surrounding skin
- Wear comfortable shoes that are not too tight and provide space around your toes
If left untreated an ingrowing toenail can cause the toe to become infected, often requiring a prescribed course of antibiotics.
If you still have an ingrowing toenail after you have tried self-care treatments, seek professional advice from We Fix Feet. Our Chiropodists, Podiatrists and Foot Health Practitioners will be able to help relieve the pain by gently removing the ingrown nail spike. Recurring problems with ingrown nails may require Partial Nail Avulsion – Nail Surgery, which is performed by our clinicians under local anaesthetic at our Beeston and Sheffield clinics.