Podiatrists see ingrown toenails on a regular basis & are trained to reshape nails & remove the offending nail piece that has embedded itself into the flesh. We usually do this without the need of a local anaesthetic with minimal pain to the patient. However, we can administer an anaesthetic if the area is extremely difficult to manage. We use sterile instruments & podiatry techniques to help prevent the ingrown toenail from coming back.
We do not recommend people to treat ingrown toenails themselves at home because of the risk of infection. If you leave a rough piece of nail behind, it will cut into the flesh again later when the nail grows forward or when there is pressure on it - e.g. from shoes.
How can we help?
o Remove embedded nail
o Reshape the nail
o Reduce risk of further infection
o Help prevent future problems
Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful. They often occur as a result of the nail growing into the skin/flesh. The nail is essentially cutting into your skin. At first you may feel a slight tenderness but no redness or swelling. Then as the nail grows longer or there is trauma to the area (from shoe pressure or kicking the toe), it begins to press into the skin until it manages to cut the flesh.
o Thick nails
o Nails with a fungal infection
o Nails that curl at the corners
o Or even nails that are too wide for the toe (i.e."Fan shaped")