Your Feet Shouldn’t Be In Pain
Sometimes an ingrown toenail may actually be no big deal, but under certain circumstances, it can become a very big deal. In fact, if left untreated and allowed to grow and embed itself further into your toe, an ingrown toenail can result in a bone infection or even blood toxicity when it breaks the skin, especially if you also have toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Both of those conditions can become life-threatening. Here at Runaway Bay Podiatry clinic we can perform a permanent surgical procedure to cure persistent ingrowing toenails. This procedure is called a partial nail avulsion and is performed under local anaesthetic. We have been alleviating ingrown toenails using this method successfully for over 20 years.
This risk is higher for people with diabetes, as you may have poor blood circulation or be unable to feel pain or discomfort due to peripheral neuropathy.
We highly recommend that you come in if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Redness around your toenail
- Pain and/or tenderness around one or both sides of your toenail
- Heat emanating from the painful area of your toe
- Swelling and redness next to the nail
- Pus draining from the red area of your toe
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
An ingrown toenail is caused due to the pressure of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. After the nail breaks through the skin, inflammation starts. This toenail infection can result in severe pain. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large toes and can become a chronic recurring problem.
Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenail
There are several types of treatments for ingrown toenails, including: foot soaking, better fitted shoes, proper nail trimming, and surgical treatments. Call us for a consultation to determine the treatment option that fits your needs.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery
Several medical treatments have been developed to cure chronic ingrown toenails.Our Podiatrist will discuss your needs and determine whether the ingrown toenail can be treated conservatively or if it will require a mild surgical procedure.
Nail surgery is usually quite safe, with very little post-operative pain. Partial nail excision surgery can reduce the risk of recurrence caused by a regrowth of the nail. In this procedure, the Podiatrist removes the outside edge of the nail, along with the nail root. The doctor then treats the area where the nail root is located with a chemical to prevent nail growth. We perform this procedure conveniently and safely in our clinic and have been doing so for 20 years.
The surgery is done using a local anesthetic, to reduce discomfort during or after the procedure. After the procedure, the Podiatrist will bandage your toe and send you home with simple post-treatment instructions. The post treatment care may include pain killers, elevation of the foot, and rest. Our Podiatrist will see you several days after the treatment to make sure that your toe is healing properly.