Poor nail clipping is usually blamed for causing ingrown toenails, but this is not necessarily the case. The subsequent factors are complex in the cause of ingrown toenails:
- The main risk factor is the shape of the nails – nails that are curved from side to side rather than being flat are more likely to be ingrown toenails. Poor cuts on this types of nail can leave sharp angles that will initially cause symptoms by applying pressure to the skin that will penetrating the skin. Cutting too far to the side is a common cause of ingrown toenails.
- Tighter footwear tends to increase pressure between the skin in the folds of the nails and nails, thereby increasing the risk of ingrown toenails.
- Previous trauma to the nail can change the shape of the nail, making it more prone to ingrown toenails.
- Pressure from the toes next to the ingrown toenail can sometimes be a factor.
- “Fat” or fleshy toes more allow the nail to grow into it. Those with many swollen feet are more prone to experience this.
Symptoms of ingrown toenails
Pain is the main symptom of ingrown toenails – usually just beginning due to some minor discomfort. This may be just pressured from the side of the nail or maybe because the nail has penetrated the skin to the side of the nail. The toe is not necessarily infected, but it can develop after the nail penetrates the skin until it grows inward. The infection can spread, making the toes red and inflamed. Pus collection can also develop.
Treatment for ingrown toenails
A skilled podiatrist can easily remove angles or surges that have penetrated the skin, often with a little discomfort. If ingrown nails are too painful, a local anaesthesia may be needed to do this. Don’t forget that unless the offending nail piece that causes the ingrown toenail is removed, the infection will likely persist.
At East Adelaide Podiatry we provide a variety of specialist foot care related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Our clinic is located in the Adelaide CBD for easy access.
Sometimes, after the above treatment if the pain continues – this may be due to a deeper nail spike causing the nail to grow inward.
East Adelaide Podiatry is committed to providing high-quality foot care to the community. Located in a medical-oriented district, they provide solutions for your feet today