Have an ingrown toenail and don’t know what to do?
Ingrown toenails are not a self-healing condition and will worsen without treatment.
Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or side of the toenail grows into the surrounding flesh, causing pain, discomfort, inflammation and sometimes infection. Although a minor discomfort at first, the problem can continue until it is infected and a serious reoccurring problem.
Luckily at The Foot Hub, we’re experts in managing and treating ingrown toenails. We regularly treat ingrown toenail symptoms and can provide a variety of conservative and surgical treatment options. The Foot Hub is here to treat the issues you face with an ingrown toenail in Sydney as your one-stop shop for all ingrown toenail treatment.
Treatment for ingrown toenail
There are many ways to treat an ingrown toenail. The treatment we recommend will depend on the severity of the ingrown toenail, whether infection is present and what your previous treatments have been.
The Foot Hub recommends seeing a Podiatrist immediately if:
The Foot Hub begins our treatment process with a careful assessment to understand the state of your ingrown toenail. We will take your full medical history and recommend the best possible ingrown toenail treatment plan for you.
Routine podiatric care
The best way to prevent an infected ingrown toenail is with a good regime of routine foot care. This treatment can also help to resolve the early stages of an ingrown toenail before it becomes more serious, and are especially useful for paediatric patients. Come and visit us and your podiatrist can professionally trim your toenails and clear the nail fold, addressing any underlying pathologies like fungal toenail infections.
Depending on the patient, we recommend a review once every 1.5 to six months.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment for Children
Ingrown toenail symptoms can occur at any age, and can become serious enough to affect daily activities like school, play and sports. Studies have shown that different ingrown toenail treatments have varying efficacies depending on several factors:
- The severity of ingrown toenail
- The duration of the issue
- How quickly the problem needs to be resolved
At The Foot Hub, we recommend the following for children:
- Daily foot soaking for at least 10 minutes
- Applying topical antibiotics and using a good podiatric care routine
- Good toenail trimming education
- Lifting the corner of nails using dental floss or tape
- Avoiding wearing tight-fitting footwear
More invasive treatment is required and nail avulsion is recommended. If the patient has been suffering from multiple reoccurrences or needs a solution to the issue more quickly, then nail avulsion may be required as the most effective ingrown toenail treatment. Nail avulsion often includes a local anaesthetic and is quick and pain free.
Nail avulsion is considered an emergency ingrown toenail treatment at The Foot Hub. When patients have no history of ingrown toenails and need urgent care for severe symptoms, this treatment may be advised. This is normally a one-off treatment and gives relief from the symptoms in the short to medium term.
The procedure involves trimming the offending ingrown nail, cleaning the side of the toenail and removing any overlapping skin. In cases where the nail has begun to pierce the surrounding skin, the nail edge will need to be removed to allow the area to drain, reduce the swelling and heal.
There are two different types of nail avulsion:
- Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) when the side of the toenail is removed.
- Total Nail Avulsion (TNA) when the whole nail plate is removed.
PNA is normally performed for early stage ingrown toenails, where the nail is beginning to pierce the surrounding skin. TNA is normally indicated for toenail trauma or damage, and where the ingrown toenail has become more severely infected, and signs of cellulitis (a bacterial skin infection) are present on both sides of the nail.
Nail avulsion is a quick and effective ingrown toenail treatment, allowing for a rapid improvement in the patient’s symptoms. However, if you are predisposed to ingrown toenails, it’s likely that the problem may recur
Will it hurt?
At The Foot Hub, we love to take care of our patients – so our procedures are as minimally painful as possible. Depending on the severity of the ingrown toenail, a local anaesthetic may be used to decrease discomfort during the procedure. In cases where the nail is very senstive to pressure and too painful to touch, a local anaesthetic is advised. This will allow us to do a thorough job of cleaning and clearing the nail and nail bed, so you can get back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
There are plenty of people who don’t like needles, and we offer needle-less injections with the Comfort Injection Technique. You can have a pain-free ingrown toenail surgery without any of the fear or nerves.
At The Foot Hub we understand that some people don’t like needles and have the option of needless injections. That’s right, you can have your ingrown toenail treatment without having an injection.
Don’t like injections?
Don’t worry, we offer needless injection for local anaesthetic.
Comfort-in ™ is a spring-operated needle-free injection system. This system is a type of medical injecting syringe that uses high pressure – it uses the narrow jet of the injected liquid instead of a hypodermic needle to penetrate the epidermis (skin). With this we can deliver needleles local anaesthetic to the toe and be able to perform ingrown toenail treatment.
Ingrown toenails most frequently occus in males aged 15 – 25 years
Male : Female ration is approximately 2 : 1
Involvement of the lateral toe edge occurs twice as much as the medial side
Aftercare for ingrown toenail treatment
After your ingrown toenail treatment, your podiatrist will apply the first dressing on the toe/s, and you’ll be given the following instructions:
- Keep the dressing clean and dry for 48 hours
- After removing the dressing, flush the toe with saline or saltwater and carefully pat it dry
- Apply an antiseptic ointment and use a clean, light dressing over the affected toe (changed daily)
- To manage normal levels of pain, take appropriate doses of an over-the-counter painkiller like paracetamol
Recovery from Ingrown toenail treatment
With The Foot Hub, recovery is quick and easy, you can expect the following: