An ingrown nail is usually caused by a piece of nail poking into the side of the skin (sulcus), or into the nail bed itself. This allows for the entry of bacteria into the area which causes an infection in the toe. Ingrown nails are often painful and can limit your ability to exercise, work and wear enclosed shoes.
What can cause an ingrown toenail?
- Family History
- Involuted (Curved) Nails
- Ill-Fitting Footwear
- Poor Nail Care
- Nail Picking
- Poor Hygiene
In the first instance we will remove the offending nail particle and drain the infection. This will provide instant pain relief. Sometimes however with severe cases our Podiatrists may be required to perform a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic and permanently remove part of the nail (Partial Nail Avulsion).