What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Wondering how to cut or prevent ingrown toenails?

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

 

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This can cause pain, swelling, redness, and even infection in the affected toe.

 

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

 

Ingrown toenails are caused by several factors, including:

  1. Improper Nail Trimming: Nails that are cut too short or at an angle can cause the edge of the nail to dig into the skin.

  2. Ill-Fitting Shoes: Shoes that are too tight or that put pressure on the toes can cause the nails to grow into the skin.

  3. Foot Injuries: Injuries to the feet, such as stubbing the toe, can cause the nails to grow into the skin.

  4. Genetics: Some people may be predisposed to developing ingrown toenails due to the shape of their nails or the structure of their feet.

 

How to Cut Ingrown Toenails

 

To properly cut an ingrown toenail, follow these steps:

  1. Soak the affected foot in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften the skin and nail.

  2. Use a sterilised nail clipper to carefully trim the edge of the nail straight across.

  3. Avoid cutting the nail too short or at an angle, as this can make the condition worse.

  4. Gently push the skin away from the edge of the nail to reduce pressure.

 

How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

 

The following steps can help prevent ingrown toenails:

  1. Proper Nail Trimming: Trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting them too short.

  2. Wearing Proper Footwear: Choose shoes that fit well and do not put pressure on the toes.

  3. Avoiding Foot Injuries: Protect your feet from injuries by wearing proper footwear and avoiding activities that put your feet at risk.

  4. Maintaining Good Foot Hygiene: Keep your feet clean and dry to prevent infection.

 

Ingrown Toenail Treatments with Our Podiatrists in Sydney CBD

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of an ingrown toenail, it is important to seek prompt medical attention from a podiatrist in Sydney. Our experienced podiatrists can provide the following treatments for ingrown toenails:

  1. Nail Trimming: Our podiatrists can safely trim the affected nail to reduce pressure and pain.

  2. Medications: Pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to relieve pain and swelling.

  3. Surgical Treatment: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected portion of the nail and prevent recurrence.

  4. Orthotics: Custom orthotics can be prescribed to redistribute pressure and relieve pain in the affected area.

At our podiatry clinic in Sydney CBD, we provide comprehensive and effective treatments for ingrown toenails. Our experienced podiatrists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals. If you are experiencing symptoms of an ingrown toenail, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

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