What Caused My Ingrown Toenail?
There are a number of factors but ingrown toenails usually develop from one or a combination on the following:
- Tight-fitting shoes, socks or pantyhose that crowd your toes, placing pressure on your toenails
- Incorrect toenail cutting technique (Example: cutting them too short)
- Pick or tear the corners of your toenails
- Trauma-causing injury to your toe such as stubbing it
Symptoms Of Ingrown Toenails
- Pain and tenderness in your toe along one or both sides of the nail
- Redness/swelling around your toenail
- Infection around the toenail
Complications of An Ingrown Toenail
If an ingrown toenail is left untreated, an infection may develop and can spread to the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.
If you are a diabetic, the severity of the infection has a much quicker turnaround than those who are not diabetic. This is due to poor blood flow and damaged nerves in the feet.
Good news is that this process is not as painful as you think. Your treatment includes the following:
- Removal of the toenail edge with or without the use of local anaesthetic
- Dressing the toe
Post treatment, you will be provided with daily self-care instructions or a follow-up appointment if required.