Ingrown toe nails are a common complaint that we see on a daily basis, affecting individuals across all age groups. Ingrown toenails can often require surgical intervention and our experienced and qualified clinicians at Resonance can help.
An ingrown toe nail can affect any of the toes, but can more often affect the big toe nail. This occurs when an aspect of the nail plate has penetrated or punctured the skin around the toe. There are numerous risk factors to the development of an ingrown toe nail such as improper trimming technique, toenail picking, ill-fitting footwear, nail trauma, wide or flat nail shapes.
During the earlier stages of an ingrown toe nail, your Resonance podiatrist can often treat and manage this non-surgically; therefore we recommended seeking advice sooner rather than later.
Sometimes an ingrown nail can progress to a stage where the nail puncture can rapidly decline, this is often associated with excessive inflammation (redness and swelling), and pain and the wound created can harbour microbes which lead to infection and the formation of ‘proud flesh’.
A minor partial nail avulsion surgical procedure technique can be performed by your Resonance podiatrist in clinic to treat the ingrown toe nail. This procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic where the offending nail portion is surgically removed to allow for the toe to settle and heal and resolve.
This office-based surgical procedure is not exclusive or restricted to an infected or ingrown toe nail and can often be used to correct some nail shape deformities. In some cases, a nail surgery is used to entirely remove a nail plate.
If you have any queries about the health of your toe nails, our clinicians at Resonance can help you!
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