An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of your toenail grows into the fold of skin
that surrounds it. An ingrown toenail (medically known as onychocryptosis) is a
common cause of foot pain.
If you develop an ingrown toenail, you'll know it soon enough! The area becomes
uncomfortable even to slight pressure. If left untreated symptoms get worse and the
area might get infected - with redness, swelling and/or pus.
What cause Ingrown Toenail?
Wearing shoes that crowd the toenails
Cutting toenails too short or not straight across
Injuring a toenail
Having very curved toenails
Certain medical conditions
Ingrown Toenails can be prevented!
Keep your feet well-maintained - foot hygiene is the foundation of good foot
Choose comfortable shoes with a wide toe box and a low, practical heel. Make
sure your shoes never squeeze or pinch your feet, especially at the toes.
Don't let your toenails grow too long.
Trim toenails straight across, even with the tips of your toes, not shorter. Don't
round the corners!
Use a clipper specifically designed for the job, wide and can handle wide,
tough toenails with ease. If you prefer scissors, use a few short cuts
rather than a single sweeping movement.
If the corners of your toenails still feel sharp after you trim them, use a
nail file to smooth them down.
Never cut or pick at your cuticles.
How to manage Ingrown Toenail
Once an ingrown toe nail is noted you should seek the help of a podiatrist. Self-care
is not recommended as this increase the risk of complications and infection. Warm
baths and open-toe sandals might help until your appointment.
What can be done for Ingrown Toenails?
The Podiatrist can remove the offending spike which usually alleviate the symptoms
instantly. Further management may include braces to help the nail grow above the
skin edge and reduce the pressure of the nail in the fold. When conservative
management fails, the nail can be totally or partially removed for a permanent solution.
At Steps Foot & Medical Clinic we have the
knowledge, equipment and caring podiatrists to
assist you in all stages of an ingrown toenail.
Appointments can be requested by clicking here.