What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails can be a painful issue that can interfere with activities such as walking and wear shoes. Without treatment and care, the area can become inflamed and infected, so it can be beneficial to seek professional help if you are living with an ingrown toenail.
Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
The severity of the symptoms you may experience depend on how far the nail has grown into the surrounding skin.
The area can become painful, red and swollen, and may feel tender and warm to touch. If the condition worsens, the skin may be become thick, which in turn can place more pressure on the nail, and the nail can become discoloured or begin to curve. If the skin becomes infected, redness and inflammation may increase, and puss may be present. An untreated infection can lead to serious consequences for the surrounding area and your overall health.
Common Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
Improper nail cutting
This can include:
- Cutting your
nails too short
- Tearing the nail instead of trimming
- Making the nail too round.
Fungal infections in the area can cause the nail to become thicker and more likely to grow into the skin.
Shoes and socks that do not fit well
Treatment For an Ingrown Toenail
Our Ballarat podiatrist can assess your toe and identify the best course of action. This depends on the severity of the nail insertion into the skin, and your symptoms. Options may include:
Nail Edge Care
We can gently push the skin away from the nail edge to relieve the pressure and avoid further damage.
Pain Relief Medication
Treat Your Ingrown Toenail at Modern Medicine
Ingrown toenails can cause a lot of discomfort and be unsightly. Furthermore, what might start out as a minor issue can develop into a serious one quite quickly. If infected, an ingrown toenail can be difficult to treat and may involve medical assistance, such as antibiotics. That is why it is important to seek prompt guidance and treatment from an experienced professional.
If you are having an issue with an ingrown toenail, please contact Modern Medicine to make an appointment to visit our podiatrist.