If you have been experiencing a painful toenail, it is possible that you might have an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails are very common, and some people are more prone to get them than others.
Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful. The pressure of bed sheets on the toe can be excruciating, let alone having to wear shoes. The side of the toenail will usually be reddened and inflamed, and occasionally there may be pus and odour present.
What Causes It
Incorrect toenail cutting technique is usually the culprit. However, some people have very wide, or curved toenails and are therefore predisposed to suffering from them. In most cases, there is a spike of toenail on the side of the nail that pierces the skin of the toe and continues growing into the toe as the nail grows. As you can imagine, this is very painful!
How to Eliminate Pain
An ingrown toenail will not go away on its own. However, in most cases it can be easily treated, usually with minimal discomfort, and with an immediately significant improvement. If you believe you may be suffering from an ingrown toenail, you should see a podiatrist. At Foot Factor Podiatry, we will be able to assess your ingrown toenail and recommend a treatment plan. This may involve us trimming the toenail, education you on how to improve toenail cutting techniques, antibiotics, and less commonly toenail surgery.
We’ve relieved many people from the pain of ingrown toenails. If you’re concerned, book in with one of our podiatrists, at:
Foot Factor Podiatry,
Unit 1/1 Laurinda Cres,
SPRINGWOOD, QLD, 4127
Ph: 3133 8134
Foot Factor Podiatry
2/124 Orange Grove Rd,
COOPERS PLAINS, QLD, 4108
Ph: 3133 8134
Or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t let pain restrict your participation in life!