What is an Ingrown Toenail and what causes it?
Ingrown toenail usually occurs on the big toe due to the nail growth into the skin surrounding the nail. Anyone can develop ingrown nails due to the injury, poorly fitting shoes and improper foot grooming. Patients with diabetes and vascular problems should take special care of ingrown nails as to prevent more significant complications.
What are the symptoms and possible treatments?
Improperly trimmed toenails (cutting the nails too short and rounding the edges) might result in an ingrown nails, which can cause discomfort, swelling and infection if left untreated. Infection is usually evident in redness of the area and pus might develop. Immediate attention is especially important for diabetics who risk further foot infection complications and damage. Effective treatment is obtained through ingrown nail surgery where our chiropodist would remove the nail root on the ingrown side of the nail.