Ingrown toe nails are common conditions treated by our podiatrists in which the edge of the nail (usually the big toe nail) grows into the adjacent tissue. This may result in pain, swelling, redness and occasionally infection. There are a number of causes for ingrown toe nails, including:
- Unsuitable footwear, in particular those with an overly narrow toe-box
- Excess sweating
- Improper nail cutting technique
- Disorders of the nail such as fungal infections
- Acute or chronic injury to the nail plate
- Genetic predisposition
At your appointment, your podiatrist will assess your nail and discuss the best treatment options for you. This can include conservative treatments such as removal of the offending nail corner, with or without the use of an anaesthetic, packing of the nail, or conservative filing of the offending nail corner. A more permanent and highly effective treatment option is ingrown toe nail surgery, also known as a nail wedge resection. This involves the use of a local anaesthetic with the removal of the edge of the nail, followed by phenolisation of the nail matrix to prevent reoccurrence. This is performed in the clinic by our experienced podiatrists and requires half an hour to an hour, depending on severity. There is minimal discomfort after the procedure, and your podiatrist will provide you with appropriate after-care instructions.