What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown Toenail is a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. This is a painful condition producing redness, swelling and sometimes an infection too. There are two types of ingrown toenail:
ACUTE – where a piece of nail actually pierces the skin, often resulting in infection and overgrowth of reactive tissue.
CHRONIC – where the nail shape gradually changes over the years, often associated with thickening. The nail edges tend to press into the soft tissue causing pain even with the lightest of pressures. This tends to be seen more from the age of 40 or so and need not be associated with trauma.
Why have I developed an Ingrown Toenail?
There are a number of reasons why you have developed an ingrown nail. They are most commonly caused by cutting your toenails too short or rounding the nail edges. Equally, wearing ill-fitting shoes or tight hosiery that press the nail into your toe can also cause this condition. Additionally, you can develop an ingrown nail after an injury, such as stubbing your toe.
How can you treat an Ingrown Toenail?
The podiatrists at Total Foot Health are expert in dealing with this condition in a sympathetic and pain free manner. Treatments may be as simple as advice and help on toenail care or may require more complex intervention such as a partial nail ablation or surgical nail edge excision.
A partial nail ablation (PNA) with matrix phenolisation has a success rate of about 95%.