What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, also known as onycryptosis, is a nail which grows into the flesh or sulcus, on the side of the nail. Ingrown toenails are very painful and result in inflammation of the surrounding tissues. If left untreated an ingrown toenail can lead to infection.

Do you suffer from an ingrown toenail?

Signs & symptoms of an ingrown toenail

The following signs or symptoms can indicate an ingrown toenail or onycryptosis:

  • Pain and tenderness around one or both sides of the toenail
  • Redness in the sulcus tissue around the side of the toenail
  • Swelling of the tissue around the toenail
  • Pus, discharge, or signs of infection around the toenail
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Causes of ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused by a nail spike or sharp corner of nail digging into the tissue around the nail. This is usually the result of trauma or poor nail cutting technique. Other factors that can make you more prone to ingrown toenails include having excessively curved (involuted) toenails and wearing poor fitting footwear.

Your gait and the way you walk may also make you more prone to ingrown toenails. Feet that push off the side of the big toe will generally result in nails which curve inward more and this can increase the risk of an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenail diagnosis

Ingrown toenails are usually easily diagnosed visually by the patient as well as clinically by our Melbourne podiatrists, who are experts in identifying nail conditions of the foot.

Podiatry treatment for ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenail treatment at our Melbourne clinic by our podiatrists is aimed at treating the cause of the ingrown nail. This involves careful removal of the nail spike by a podiatrist. Treatment is usually simple and effective if treated early. Chronic or long standing ingrown toenails may require nail surgery.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail it is vital that you seek early treatment with one of our Melbourne podiatrists. If left untreated an ingrown toenail can lead to infection and this can in turn progress to a more serious underlying bone infection.

For more information on treatment please see our in depth pages on ingrown toenail treatment and ingrown toenail surgery.

Call us Melbourne Podiatrist

Do you need to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

At our Melbourne foot clinic our podiatrists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. This includes ingrown toenail treatment and ingrown toenail surgery.

So if you are suffering from a painful ingrown toenail don’t delay! Seek early intervention and book an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists today!