Understanding Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes infection. Common causes include improper nail trimming, tight shoes, and trauma to the toe.

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Conservative Management

If caught early, ingrown toenails can often be managed conservatively. Our podiatrists will carefully trim the offending nail edge and may recommend:

  • Soaking the foot in warm, soapy water to reduce swelling and pain
  • Applying antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Wearing open-toed shoes or sandals to reduce pressure on the affected toe
  • Wearing loose-fitting socks to avoid rubbing on the toe

Surgical Management

In cases where conservative management isn’t effective or if the ingrown toenail is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our podiatrists are highly skilled in performing nail surgery, which involves removing part or all of the affected nail. This is done under local anaesthesia, and the procedure is quick and relatively painless.

After surgery, our podiatrists will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your toe and preventing future ingrown toenails. They may also recommend wearing special shoes or orthotics to reduce the risk of recurrence.

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About Our Clinic

At The Walking Clinic Podiatrists, we’re dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and the latest treatment options. Our team of experienced podiatrists has experience in both conservative and surgical management of ingrown toenails.


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