Ingrown Toenails – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
How do Ingrown Toenails Happen?
Ingrown toenails can occur due to improper nail cutting technique or altered curvature of the nail.
When there is pressure against the skin from the nail, daily steppage leads to a break in the skin, resulting in inflammation in the area and possibly infection.
How to Treat Ingrown Toenails
If you have an ingrown toenail, do not cut up into the sides of the nail, always cut the nail straight across. Your chiropodist will give you the ideal shape to prevent future ingrown toenails.
If ingrown toenails occur regardless of treatment, ingrown toenail surgery is recommended. Ingrown toenail surgery (also known as a Partial Nail Avulsion, PNA) prevents the curved in part of the nail from growing back. The end result of a PNA is a narrower nail, which does not grow into the skin on a regular basis.
It is important to seek treatment from a licensed foot specialist if you are experiencing ingrown toenail problems. A chiropodist will treat and show you how to take care of your nails to prevent further ingrown toenails.
Visit the Foot and Health Clinic and have our Registered Chiropodist assess your toenails. We’re located at 728 Burloak Dr. Burlington, just outside of Oakville. Book an appointment online or call us at 905-632-1414.