An ingrown toenail is one where the edge or corner of your nail grows into the adjacent skin of your toe, leading to your toe becoming red, swollen, and tender (inflamed). If left untreated, the inflammation can spread to the rest of your toe, and the area can become infected and ooze pus. It may also begin to smell unpleasant. It is a common problem, often seen in teenagers, and most often affecting the big toe.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
You may inherit many factors that make you more likely to have an ingrown toenail. These genetic factors may affect the way you stand and the way you walk. You may also inherit a tendency for your toenails to curl in at the edges rather than to grow straight. Wearing tight shoes, socks, or tights can damage your nails and encourage them to grow into your skin. Incorrect nail cutting and trauma to the nail are perhaps the most common causes of ingrowing nails.
Our Treatment Plan For Ingrowing Toenails
1. Prompt treatment by a Podiatrist/ Chiropodist is recommended to minimise pain and reduce the need for more invasive treatment. Initially, your podiatrist may cut, file, and dress the toe and give advice on prevention. A review appointment is sometimes necessary, 7-14 days after your initial appointment. You may take painkillers such as paracetamol to relieve the pain.
2. If your toenail does not improve, your podiatrist may need to partially remove a section of your toenail with the aid of a local anesthetic to minimise discomfort and this may be sufficient to allow the ingrowing toenail to heal and the nail to grow back satisfactorily.
3. If the above treatment is unsuccessful or not deemed suitable for you due to the severity of your ingrown nail, your podiatrist may recommend a minor surgical procedure in which a section or your entire toenail is permanently removed. This will be done by cutting the offending piece of nail out surgically, under local anesthetic, and using phenol (a chemical) to prevent regrowth.
Here at The House Clinics, Bristol this can all be done for you.
If you think that you have a possible ingrown toenail then give us a call on 0117 9420200 or BOOK ONLINE.
Price List For Ingrown Toenail Treatment:
Initial Consultation & Treatment: £37.00
Follow-Up Treatment: £35.00
Nail Surgery Prices: This will depend on whether you need a partial or full nail removal. Your Podiatrist at The House Clinics will discuss this with you.