An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail grows down and cuts into the surrounding skin. Your big toes are most likely to be affected. Ingrown toenails can occur on just one or both sides of your toe.
Ingrown toenails are fairly common, particularly in teenagers and young adults. They can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort and can become infected if not treated.
Ingrown toenail management can be carried out by your Podiatrist. If your ingrown toenail isn’t too severe, it can usually be trimmed by your podiatrist. He or she will lift the edge of your nail and cut away the ingrown section. If you’re waiting for treatment your podiatrist recommends bathing in warm salt-water for no longer than 3 minutes. This will help to reduce the inflammation and prevent your nail from becoming infected.
If your Ingrown Toenail is severe you may need a small surgical procedure to remove part of, or the whole toe nail. Nail surgery can be carried out at JKH Healthcare in under an hour.