Should you See a Podiatrist for Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails are common yet painful conditions we often see at our Podiatry clinic in Docklands and Ascot Vale. 

Ingrown toenails are a condition in which the corner or side of your nail grows into soft tissue. The result can be pain, inflamed skin and swelling. Sometimes an infection will develop if treatment isn't sought out quickly enough. 

 If the pain is severe or spreading, we can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications of ingrown toenails.

Symptoms of Ingrown toenail symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Inflamed skin
  • Swelling
  • Infection

Causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Wearing shoes that crowd the toenails
  • Cutting toenails too short or not straight across
  • Injuring a toenail
  • Having very curved toenails
  • Nail infections
  • Certain medical conditions

Foot complications are more common in people with diabetes, as they risk poor blood flow and damaged nerves. A minor foot injury — such as ingrown toenails or corn calluses — can become infected if not treated quickly enough by a podiatrist. 

To help prevent an ingrown toenail:

  • Trim your nails straight to avoid ingrown toenails and other foot problems. Don't curve the edges of your toes. 
  • See a podiatrist regularly if you have poor circulation in the feet and cannot trim your nails.
    Wear shoes that fit. When you wear shoes that are too tight, the pressure may cause a nail to grow into the surrounding tissue. 

Treatment

Have you tried home remedies but still experience discomfort? We recommend seeking professional treatment for your ingrown toenail. 

If you are experiencing pain from an ingrown toenail, it is often necessary for a Podiatrist to carefully remove any sharp nail fragment that is causing the problem; this will often provide immediate relief. Soaking the toes in salt water or an antiseptic will help reduce any signs of infection. If you're suffering from a severe ingrown toenail, we may need to numb your toe and trim or remove the ingrown part of the nail. 

We often use medicine to permanently stop the ingrown nail's from growing back, relieving the condition permanently.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of an ingrown toenail, we recommend booking an appointment as soon as possible. Our team of experts can help diagnose the issue and provide treatment so you can get back to living your life. Thanks for reading!

Mr James Ferrie
B. Pod. (La Trobe); Mem. A. Pod. A
Principal Practitioner / Founder of My Sports Podiatrist

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