If you've ever had an ingrown toenail, you know what we're talking about. Your toenail sends spears of pain through your toe. The pain gets worse if you wear shoes. Your toe can grow red and inflamed. And to cap off the misery, you toe can become hot, swollen and excrete pus.
How can I stop it from happening?
If you cut your nails too short, you may leave a rough edge or a corner at the side of your nail that can pierce your skin as the nail grows outward. So the way to prevent ingrown toenails is to cut your toenails straight across. This means that the sides of your nail stay smooth.
How is it treated?
At Capital Podiatry, our first step is to relieve your pain by trimming the rough nail edge. We may flush your wound with saline to give your toe a chance to heal. We will bandage your toe if it is required and will discuss ways that you can look after your toe going forward.
If your ingrown nail flares up again and again, we will talk to you about a permanent solution. It's an operation called a partial nail avulsion and involves permanently removing the edge of the offending nail and sterilsing part of your nail bed. The procedure is painless because it is performed under local anaesthetic and the recovery time is very fast. Most people can return to work within a couple of days, as long as they are able to wear open toed shoes.