Ingrown toenails are a common condition afflicting people of all ages, including children. Foot Health Clinic offers a comprehensive range of ingrown toenail treatment solutions, from advice on correct nail cutting techniques to ingrown toenail surgery.
We are also the leading Australian specialists in ingrown toenail bracing. Please contact us to discuss the most effective solution for you.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail irritates and/or penetrates the skin at the side of the nail. This can lead to pain, swelling, infection, discharge, and difficulty walking and wearing enclosed shoes. Ingrown toenails are a common condition afflicting people of all ages, including children.
What causes ingrown toenails?
There are many causes of ingrown toenails, including:
- unusually curved or thickened toenails, which are often hereditary
- adolescence, during which feet tend to sweat excessively, causing the skin surrounding the toenails to soften and become easy for the nails to damage
- traumatic injury, such as a blow to the toe or toenail, which can result in the nail penetrating the surrounding skin
- wearing shoes that crowd your toenails, compressing the nails into the surrounding skin
- cutting your toenails too short or tapering them in at the corners (picking at your toenails can also cause them to become ingrown)
How are ingrown toenails treated?
General treatment of ingrown toenails involves routine nail cutting to free up the nail edge, which is then cleaned with a sterile instrument and packed with lint-free swab. This method generally requires ongoing maintenance, depending on the shape of the toenail and the severity and duration of the condition.
- Ingrown toenail bracing is a revolutionary treatment, introduced to Australia by Foot Health Clinic, that works in a similar way to dental braces.
- Ingrown toenail surgery is an alternative treatment option, for chronic ingrown toenails that fail to respond to more conservative care.
What should I do if I have an ingrown toenail?
If the skin around your toenail is red, swollen, bleeding or discharging, you may have an infection, and should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Foot Health Clinic offers a full range of ingrown toenail solutions, from advice on correct nail cutting techniques to ingrown toenail surgery. We are also the leading Australian specialists in ingrown toenail bracing. Please contact us to discuss the most effective solution for you.
This revolutionary treatment works in a similar way to dental braces. Using a device called a VHO-Osthold Brace® This applies a slight force to the ingrown toenail to lift it away from inflamed tissues and set it on course to grow in a healthier direction. Foot Health Clinic were the first to introduce VHO ingrown toenail bracing to Australia in 2006.
Ingrown toenail surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and is a partial nail excision and chemical matrixectomy. The ingrown portion of the toenail is removed together with the corresponding portion of nail root, and the application of a chemical to prevent that portion of the toenail from regrowing. The procedure takes approximately one hour.