In-growing toenails are more common than you might think. We often see patients who have struggled with a painful toenail that became infected. They then go and see the GP who offers them antibiotics. This just temporarily solves the problem, and the pain returns once the antibiotics wear off.
This article should inform you of what an ingrown toenail is, how you might get an ingrown toenail, and how to treat this problem.
Characteristics of an in growing nail
Infection may be present where the nail may have the following addition of symptoms:
It is safe to say that there are not many treatment options available for this issue that offer a permanent solution. If cutting the nail with specialised nail clippers, or getting into better shoes aren't likely to solve your foot pain then nail surgery will solve your foot problem.
Nail surgery is the best option if you are suffering with a more difficult to treat in growing nail. The procedure is carried out with minimal pain and will prevent the nail from growing back the way it used to. Nail surgery involves local anaesthesia thus allowing you to have surgery without experiencing any pain. This will prevent the nail from growing back the way it used to. We apply a medicine to the nail bed to prevent the ingrowing nail from occurring again. More details of this procedure will be discussed with your podiatrist once in clinic.
To prevent a painful in growing nail try the following:
If you would like more information on this subject or you think you have this problem then don’t hesitate to come into clinic today and we can give you the best advice and treatment so you can become pain free and walk more comfortably.