Painful Ingrown Toe Nails Treatment – The Sole Clinic

Painful Ingrown Toe Nails Treatment

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 an ingrown toenail to form?

  • Improper trimming of toenails.
  • Tight-fitting shoes or high heels that compress the toes, as they pressurize the nail to grow abnormally.
  • Prolonged wearing of shoes, creating marked perspiration on the foot. This is very common among sporty adolescent males.
  • Trauma or injury to the nail.
  • Disorders such as fungal infections of the nail can also cause a thickened or widened toenail to develop.

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.