Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Ingrown Toenails, also known as Onychocryptosis, occur when a sharp edge or corner of the toenail pierces the superficial layer of skin and penetrates the dermal tissue. This causes acute inflammation in the affected area, resulting in redness, swelling, warmth, pain and possibly bacterial infections (pus).
If you’re suffering from this common nail problem, Mint Foot Care Podiatry can treat it for you. We can prescribe and perform the most effective infected ingrown toenail treatment for your case, helping your feet get back to normal and become pain-free as soon as possible.
At Mint Foot Care, we offer both conservative treatments and surgical ingrown toenail removal options for your ingrown toenail treatment. We’ll evaluate the cause and severity of your ingrown toenail and recommend the best course of treatment to match your needs and lifestyle.
Conservative treatment involves our podiatrists carefully cutting the offending piece of nail splinter piercing the skin. An antiseptic is then applied. In the absence of infection, packing is applied underneath the ingrown nail edge to prevent it from piercing the skin. Our podiatrist will then discuss with you on-going management of your ingrown toenail such as cutting techniques, footwear modifications and proper foot hygiene. We can also treat ingrown toenails in our Medical Pedicure consultations.
If you’re suffering from chronic or recurring cases of ingrown toenails, our podiatrists can carefully assess your ingrown toenails and perform surgery to resolve it. We perform nail wedge resections or total nail avulsions, depending upon the severity of your ingrown toenail.
We perform surgery for ingrown toenails under local anaesthetic in our on-site treatment rooms. The offending piece or entire nail is removed painlessly. The nail matrix (root) is chemically cauterised (burnt) using a chemical called Phenol. This will stop the nail from growing back permanently. A dressing is applied, and aftercare instructions are given.
We recommended that you return for post-operative review 3 days following your surgery. The healing time of surgical ingrown toenail treatment can vary from 2-6 weeks.
CAUSES OF INGROWN TOENAILS
- Incorrect cutting of toenails. Cutting the sides of your toenails down the sulcus (at angles) or too short can create sharp edges that can encourage ingrown toenails especially if the edges lodge under the skin.
- Abnormally curved toenails. Some people naturally have irregularly curved (involuted) toenails that make them more likely to develop ingrown toenails.
- Trauma / Injury to the toes. A blow or heavy impact to your toes such as in soccer or ballet could cause your toenails to penetrate the skin developing into ingrown toenails.
- Incorrect footwear. Ill-fitting footwear such as narrow or pointy toed footwear can place too much pressure on your toes and press your toenails deeper into your skin, making ingrown toenails more likely.
- Poor foot hygiene. Inadequate foot hygiene and excessive foot sweat can keep the skin on your toes too moist. This makes your skin easier for your nail to pierce through.
PROFESSIONAL INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT
Whether you’re suffering from a new ingrown toenail or one that just keeps coming back, our podiatrist can diagnose and treat the condition to alleviate your symptoms, reducing pain and discomfort. We offer conservative and surgical ingrown toenail treatment that can treat and remove your ingrown toenail in the most effective and painless way.
As a leading podiatrist in Wynnum and the greater Brisbane region, we understand how problematic ingrown toenails can be and how they can interfere with your daily life. We’ll always take the time to understand your needs and lifestyle so that we can prescribe the right ingrown toenail treatment.
Book a consultation online to have your ingrown toenail checked by our podiatrist. You can also call us or send us a message if you want to find out more about ingrown toenail causes and how we can treat them.