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Ingrowing Toenails: Ingrown Toenail Treatment
So, what is an ingrown toenail? Simply put, an ingrowing toe nail is a painful condition where the toenail digs into the flesh at the edge of the nail bed. Most commonly, ingrowing toenails affect the big toe - but any toenail can become ingrown.
Ingrown toenail symptoms often include tenderness, or the flesh around the toenail becoming painful to touch. Ingrown toenail pain can lead to the area becoming inflamed (hot, red and swollen) and you may notice discharge from the area as ingrown toenails can often become infected.
What causes Ingrown Toenails?
Let’s look at what causes ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be caused by an abnormal shaped nail, where there is a natural excess curvature of the nail causing the edges to dig in.
It can be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow around the toes, or heels which are too high, which causes the toes to be pushed forward and the nail to dig into the surrounding skin.
Occasionally, poor cutting habits can lead to the nail regrowing inwards, leading to the need for ingrown toenail treatment or ingrown toenail surgery.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment to soothe pain
Ingrown toenail pain can lead those suffering to a number of at-home remedies that often make the situation worse.
If you’re trimming your toenails at home, make sure to use a good pair of clippers, and follow the natural shape of the nailbed. Try not to cut too far in at the sides.
Alternatively, you can receive effective ingrown toenail treatment as part of a routine podiatry appointment. In more serious or persistent cases your nail may require ingrown toenail surgery to remove the problem. Having a podiatrist treat ingrown toenails is a quick and simple procedure.
Infected ingrown toenail symptoms such as swelling, discharge or pain should be treated by your GP in most cases before treatment can be carried out.
Book Ingrowing Toenail treatment with Shuropody
Ingrowing toenail treatment can be performed as part of a routine appointment.
Should you require nail surgery, this quick and simple procedure can be done at a number of our clinics and can help put an end to your sore toe experience.
Find a clinic near you that that provides ingrown toenail surgery and treatment today.