Ingrown Toenails are one of the most common problems that podiatrists are presented with. They occur when the side of the toenail cuts into the skin, that is next to the nail. This can be extremely painful and can lead to infection. It is usually the big toe that is effected. However, it can occur in other toes. Anyone can be effected by an ingrown toenail, but it is most commonly occurs in young adults & teenagers.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail
- Signs of infection
- Aggravated by wearing shoes
- Sensitive to any pressure
- Watery discharge
Causes of an ingrown toenail
- Improper trimming of the toenail
- Tight fitting shoes
- Trauma to the nail
- Deformed toenail
I think I have an ingrown toenail. What should I do?
If you think you have an ingrown toenail you should book a podiatry appointment as soon as possible. An ingrown toenail is not something that will go away. Not treating an ingrown toenail can lead to an infection and the area becoming more painful.
How can I reduce the pain of an ingrown toenail?
If you have an ingrown toenail there are a few things you can do to relieve the pain, whilst you wait for your podiatry appointment. These are as follows:
- Wear shoes that aren’t tight
- Cover the toe with a clean, sterile dressing
- Bathe your foot in warm, salty water
- If the toe is infected see your GP for some antibiotics
If you have an ingrown toenail or think you might have then book a podiatry appointment as soon as possible. You can call me on either 07956364131 or 0151 608 2656. Alternatively, you can send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.