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It is when the nail grows into the sulcus or skin groove on the side of the nail, it is often painful and can cause inflammation leading to an infection in surrounding tissue if left untreated.
Pain / Tenderness of the toenail area
Redness of the skin are surrounding the nail
Swelling around the nail
Pus around the area that is tender
Trimming your nails too short
Rounding the edges shorter at the sides of the nails
Poorly fitting footwear
Because it is a mechanical issue (Nail growing into the skin) it will not go away on its own and can become infected. If the infection is untreated this can cause a more systemic infection. It is best to get the underlying cause (ingrown toenail) fixed to prevent further issues.
See a podiatrist who will remove the ingrown part of the nail in the first instance. They will then advise you on a plan that can prevent further ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be treated through nail surgery, nail bracing and education around early detection and prevention of an ingrown nail.
Trim your nails often – cut them straight across .
Wear shoes that fit well – ensure they are not too tight in the toe area, you should be able to comfortably wiggle your toes when in your shoes.
If your feet sweat a lot try to use an antiperspirant and moisture wicking socks.
If your nail is red, inflamed and/or infected, or if you continue to have reoccurring ingrown nails you will need a part or all of the nail removed, your podiatrist will assess this at your appointment and give you the right treatment course for your needs.
You will need to check with your service provider if Podiatry is covered under your policy.
On the day of the procedure, you may like to take it a bit easy, and it is recommended to not be standing for long periods of time for the first 24 hours.
The Podiatrist will remove part or all of the nail in the podiatry clinic.
For the first week after your procedure, you will have a dressing on your toenail so wearing shoes that are comfortable with plenty of space is recommended.
Having a total or partial nail avulsion (removal of the involved nail) is performed with local anaesthetic which will numb the area throughout the procedure. It may feel a little uncomfortable for the first 24 hours however we would expect you to feel relief soon after.
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