An ingrown toenail (aka. onychocryptosis) occurs when the nail grows sideways into the toe, and not outward.
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail (also known as onychocryptosis) occurs when the nail grows sideways into the toe, and not outward. The result is pain in the side of the toe. The big toe is most commonly affected. It can be caused by any situation that interferes with the proper outward growth of the nail, such as improper trimming of the nail or poorly fitting footwear.
The diagnosis of an ingrown toenail can be made on the basis of the appearance of the toe. A history is also obtained to determine the cause of the ingrown toenail, and to address any predisposing conditions.
In some cases, the edge of the nail can be separated from the side of the toe. Padding is the placed between the nail and the toe to encourage growth in the correct direction. Many cases require surgical removal of the toenail, this is a permanent solution.
Primarily Pain. Although uncommon, infected ingrowing toenail can lead to cellulitis, a more serious bacterial skin infection of the foot that can spread up the leg.
Suffering from Ingrown Toenails? Our team can help
Ingrown toenails may be a common foot problem, but it's important to treat it. If you think you may be suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact the clinic today to book a consultation. Our team of professionals are on hand to help you.