Ingrowing Toe nails
An ingrown toenail occurs when a rough edge or spike at the side of a toenail has pierced the skin. As the nail grows in further there is more discomfort. If not tended to an infection may occur and the condition can become extremely painful making it difficult to walk or wear shoes or even socks.
How do we treat an ingrown toe nail at Waterford Foot Clinic?
An important part of our treatment regime is to first of all determine the cause of the condition. Recent occurrences such as an ill fitting shoe or trauma inflicted on the nail due to sports such as running, football etc may be at fault. Incorrect nail cutting technique may be a cause. It is also common for the condition to be inherent where a certain shape of nail (see below), can be passed down through family member.
- Pincer or Trumpet nail
- Tile shaped nail
- Plicatured nail with sharply angled lateral margins.
Ideally it is best to treat the ingrown nail as soon as the initial discomfort is felt. Most ingrown nails can be treated conservativley, the offending piece of nail can be removed with the aid of specialist instruments. In most cases the nail may revert to its previous growth patterns if localized causes are removed e.g removing pressure from the area.
For reoccurring ingrowing nails and those that do not respond to conservative treatment it is possible to perform a minor surgical procedure to partially remove the offending side of the nail. A chemical is then used to stop the nail from growing back in this section permanently. This procedure is performed using local anaesthetic to numb the area so there is minimal discomfort. The result is also aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the nail continues to grow out normally.
Waterford Foot Clinic has a high rate of success in the treatment of ingrown toenails and is dedicated to providing follow up check ups, care and management.