Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenail is a painful condition that occurs due to nail growing unevenly. This uneven growth can damage the skin and grow deeper into the toe causing pain and infection.

This condition can be caused by many factors:

  • Incorrect nail cutting technique.
  • Bad foot posture
  • Narrow shoes
  • Trauma to the nail
  • Steel cap boots
  • Sports related activities
  • Hereditary
  • Shape of the nail (curved nail)
  • Fungal nail

At Your Foot And Ankle clinic we have been diagnosing and treating this condition for many years. Our Podiatrist will assess and recommend the right treatment for you. Treatments include conservative treatment where we carefully remove the offending part of the nail without the use of local anaesthetic. This technique is usually used in early stages of this condition.

Advance stage ingrown toenail is when conservative treatment has not been successful or unable to be performed. In this case we carry out a minor surgical procedure to remove the ingrown toenail under local anaesthetic (LA). Once LA is used it stops your ability feel any pain. The offending side of the nail is completely removed from its root and the site is then cauterised (burnt) with a special chemical. This procedure has shown to have high success rate of non-regrowth.

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