What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when a nail edge grows into the adjacent skin, often causing inflammation and pain. If left untreated, the inflamed area may begin to grow extra tissue or discharge yellow fluid. It usually happens on the sides or the ends of the big toes, although it can happen in the lesser toenails as well. Ingrown toenails are a common problem in adolescents or young adults.
What causes Ingrown Toenails?
How do I know if I have an ingrown toenail?
It is often painful around the area of an ingrowing nail. In the event that there is swelling, redness and pus discharge, it is recommended to visit a doctor for antibiotics to manage the infection.
How can a Podiatrist help?
A Podiatrist can remove the offending nail spike with as minimal pain as possible using special nail clippers. That should provide instant pain relief. Subsequent nail growth will have to be monitored closely. Depending on the severity, the Podiatrist can perform conservative management by regular trimming and filing of the nails and applying cotton packing on the nail borders. If conservative management fails and the ingrown toenail recurs, the Podiatrist will recommend for nail surgery.