Tooronga Podiatry

Ingrown Toenails

Introduction

Are you experiencing discomfort and pain due to ingrown toenails? You’re not alone. Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are a common foot condition that affects people of all ages. At Tooronga Podiatry, we specialise in treating ingrown toenails and offer relief for patients in Malvern and the surrounding suburbs, including Stonnington, Chadstone, Kooyong, and neighboring areas.

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the toenails grow into the surrounding skin, usually affecting the big toe. This condition can cause redness, swelling, tenderness, and even lead to infection if left untreated. It can be incredibly painful and impact your daily activities, such as walking, running, and wearing shoes comfortably.

Casuses of Ingrown Toenails

Several factors contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Improper nail trimming is a common cause, where cutting the nails too short or rounding the corners can encourage the nails to grow into the skin. Wearing tight-fitting shoes, especially those with narrow toe boxes, can exert pressure on the toes, pushing the nails into the surrounding skin. Additionally, toe injuries or repeated trauma to the toenails can lead to ingrown toenails. Certain foot deformities, such as bunions or hammer toes, may also increase the risk of ingrown toenails.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the early signs of an ingrown toenail is crucial for timely intervention. Common symptoms include pain, tenderness, and redness around the affected toe. As the condition progresses, you may notice the skin becoming inflamed, swollen, and sometimes draining pus. If you experience severe pain, fever, or signs of infection, seek prompt medical attention to prevent complications.

The Importance of Professional Treatment

While it may be tempting to address ingrown toenails at home, attempting self-treatment can lead to complications or even worsen the condition. Seeking professional treatment at Tooronga Podiatry is essential for a proper evaluation and customised care plan tailored to your specific needs and foot health.

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Conservative Treatments

For mild cases, conservative treatments are often effective. Soaking the foot in warm, soapy water can help reduce inflammation and discomfort, providing temporary relief. Gently lifting the ingrown edge of the nail and placing a small piece of cotton underneath can also relieve pressure and encourage the nail to grow correctly. However, these home remedies are not a permanent solution, and if the pain persists or if the condition worsens, professional intervention is recommended.

Minor Surgical Procedures

For more severe or recurrent ingrown toenails, our experienced podiatrists may recommend a minor surgical procedure. During this in-office procedure, the edge of the ingrown nail is carefully removed, alleviating pain and preventing the nail from growing into the skin again. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort. Our team will provide post-operative care instructions to promote proper healing and recovery.

Preventive Measures

Prevention is essential to avoid future episodes and maintain healthy feet. Our podiatrists at Tooronga Podiatry provide valuable advice on proper nail care, including the correct way to trim your nails and the importance of wearing comfortable, well-fitted footwear with adequate toe room. If you have specific foot conditions or concerns that may increase the risk of ingrown toenails, such as diabetes or poor circulation, we will develop a personalized prevention plan to address those factors.

Expert Podiatry Care in Malvern and Surrounding Suburbs

At Tooronga Podiatry Clinic, we take pride in our commitment to patient care. Our podiatrists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating ingrown toenails, tailoring treatment plans to each patient’s unique needs. We understand the impact of foot pain on your quality of life and strive to provide effective solutions to alleviate discomfort and promote overall foot health.

Contact Tooronga Podiatry Today.

Don’t let ingrown toenails interfere with your daily life. If you reside in Malvern, Stonnington, Chadstone, Kooyong, or any other nearby suburb, contact Tooronga Podiatry today to schedule an appointment. Let our experienced team help you find relief and put your best foot forward.

Conclusion

Ingrown toenails can cause significant pain and discomfort, affecting your ability to walk and carry out daily activities. Seeking professional treatment from experienced podiatrists is crucial for proper diagnosis and effective care. At Tooronga Podiatry Clinic, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive foot care, including expert treatment for ingrown toenails. Take the first step towards healthier feet by contacting us today for an appointment and experience the difference our specialized podiatry care can make in your life.

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This information is only a guide and should not be used as substitute for assessment and treatment by a health professional. If you have any issues relating to your foot health you should consult with your GP or contact us at Tooronga Podiatry.Β