Ingrown toenails are very painful. At Brindabella Podiatry, we treat ingrown toenails on a daily basis.
The two main types of ingrown toenails we see are:
- Nails which curl or turn in at the side, causing pressure and sometime a corn down the side of the nail. These ingrown nails are very painful but are often easy to manage conservatively. Sometimes the shape of the nails is genetic.
- Nails which are penetrating through the skin, causing a bacterial infection as well as weeping, swelling, redness and sometimes pus. These types of ingrown nails MUST be treated immediately in order to reduce the pain and prevent major infections.
Some patients need a simple non-surgical clearing of the nail; others require a minor, toe nail surgery. This procedure is performed in our clinic under sterile conditions with local anaesthetic. Toe nail surgery involves the removal of the offending side/s of the nail with a chemical used on the nail root to prevent it’s re-occurrence. We advise that you do not drive home and have a few days off school/work to allow the toe to heal quickly. It may take between 2 and 6 weeks to completely heal, depending on your immune response. We also advise that you bring an open toed shoe as you will have a large bandage. If you would like further information on the procedure, please ask reception to give you a brochure.