What are ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin around it. It often causes pain and the area becomes red, swollen and tender. Ingrown toenails may also become infected.
Ingrown toenails are extremely common. Any toe can be affected but they most commonly occur on the big toe.
what causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails may be caused by:
- Toenails with naturally curved edges or that are fan-shaped
- Following injury to your toe, e.g. stubbing it
- Tight shoes or socks that crowd your toes, putting pressure on your toenails
- Incorrect cutting of toenails
how can Ingrown Toenails be Treated?
Our highly trained podiatrists assess the nail and give you a number of options depending on the cause, your personal preferences and desired outcome.
Treatment options include:
1. Remove the offending ‘spike’ of nail
The podiatrist uses a special narrow tool to trim off the small corner of nail which is ingrown. This procedure is not usually painful and does not require local anaesthetic. It is often the first treatment offered for ingrown nails as it usually fixes the problem and provides immediate pain relief. However, it is not guaranteed to be a permanent fix as the portion of nail can regrow.
2. Ingrown Toenail Surgery - the permanent solution
This minor surgical procedure is offered for patients who suffer with recurrent ingrown nails. It involves the removal of a small part of the side of the nail, followed by the application of a chemical which prevents that small section of the nail from regrowing.
The procedure is performed at our Foot Faults clinics, and takes approximately one hour. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure the procedure is pain free. Different health practitioners may use different surgical techniques, but studies have shown our method to be the most effective, with a 97% success rate.
How much does it cost?
If your Podiatrist recommends removing the "offending spike" this is usually done during your consultation and included in your consultation fee.
For patients suffering from recurrent ingrown nails who decide to proceed with Ingrown Toenail Surgery we will ask you to come back for this 1 hour appointment at a convenient time. Please click below for details of fees and health fund codes for rebate quotes.