What is it?
Ingrown toenails are a painful condition where the nail protrudes into the surrounding skin. This can lead to inflammation and consequently infection if not treated properly. The skin can become red and it will be painful to the touch, making footwear and mobility become increasingly difficult. For people with impaired circulation or diabetes, this can be a serious issue that needs immediate attention.
What can cause it?
- Improper nail trimming
- Trauma to the area
- Pressure from ill-fitting footwear
What can I do to alleviate it?
Ingrown toenails are a common ailment that we deal with here at Clarke Ventresca Foot and Orthotic Centres. In your assessment with our chiropodists we will determine the proper route for treatment and provide you with information on preventing further ingrown toenails from occurring. Finally, if your ingrown toenails keep persisting, you may want to consider a simple surgery that we perform in our office to remove the portion of the nail causing the discomfort. But the first step is making that initial appointment.