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Suffering from Ingrown Toenail Problems? Here's What You Need to Know


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ROUTINE PODIATRY TO HELP INGROWN TOENAIL

Ingrown toenails can be incredibly painful and, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications. As someone who has suffered from this condition before, I know how frustrating it can be. But, I also know that with the right knowledge and care, it is possible to manage and prevent ingrown toenails. In this article, I will share with you everything you need to know about ingrown toenails, from the definition and causes to treatment options and prevention tips.


Understanding Ingrown Toenails: Definition and Causes

An ingrown toenail is a condition that occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause pain, swelling, and even infection. There are several factors that can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, including:

  • Wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes

  • Cutting your nails too short or not straight across

  • Trauma to the toenail

  • Fungal infections

  • Genetics

If you are prone to ingrown toenails, it is important to take extra care when trimming your nails and choosing footwear.

Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness along the side of the toenail

  • Redness and swelling around the toenail

  • Infection, which can cause pus or drainage from the affected area

  • Difficulty walking or wearing shoes

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to begin treating the ingrown toenail right away to prevent further complications. And I recommend booking an appointment with our Chiropodist to ensure you treat it correctly and ensure you do not make it worse.

Risks of Ignoring Ingrown Toenails

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can lead to serious complications, such as:

  • Infection, which can spread to the bone or blood and become life-threatening

  • Chronic pain and discomfort

  • Formation of a toenail cyst

  • Impaired mobility

It is important to seek treatment for an ingrown toenail as soon as possible to avoid these risks. Call our reception to book an appointment 02922474116.

Treatment Options for Ingrowing Toenails

There are several treatment options for ingrown toenails, depending on the severity of the condition. Some options include:

  • Soaking the toe in warm water and Epsom salt to reduce swelling and pain

  • Placing a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the edge of the nail to encourage it to grow above the skin

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication

  • Applying antibiotic ointment to prevent infection

  • Surgery, which may involve removing a portion of the nail or the entire nail

Our HCPC Podiatrist Louise and Chelsea can recommend the best treatment option for your specific case.

Self-Care for Ingrown Toenails

In addition to seeking medical treatment, there are several self-care measures you can take to manage an ingrown toenail, such as:

  • Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry

  • Trimming your nails straight across

  • Avoiding cutting your nails too short

  • Applying a warm compress to the affected area

  • Elevating your foot to reduce swelling

These self-care measures can help alleviate pain and prevent further complications.

When to Visit our HCPC Podiatrist at Fordham-Rees Podiatry

If your ingrown toenail is causing severe pain, infection, or other complications, it is important to seek medical attention from a HCPC podiatrist. Our professionals specialise in foot and ankle care and can provide the necessary treatment to manage your condition.

Benefits of Visiting a Chiropodist in a Private Foot Clinic

Our podiatrists and chiropodists at our private foot clinic can also provide effective treatment for ingrown toenails. Some benefits of visiting a chiropodist at our private foot clinic in Cardiff and South Glamorgan include:

  • Personalised care and attention

  • Access to advanced treatment options

  • Convenient scheduling and location

Preventing Ingrown Toenails from Recurring

Once you have treated an ingrown toenail, there are several steps you can take to prevent it from recurring, such as:

  • Wearing properly-fitting shoes

  • Trimming your nails straight across

  • Avoiding cutting your nails too short

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry

  • Applying moisturizer to your feet to prevent dry skin

By taking these preventative measures, you can reduce your risk of developing another ingrown toenail.

Common Myths about Ingrown Toenails

There are several myths surrounding ingrown toenails that can be misleading or even harmful. Here are some common myths and the truth behind them:

  • Myth: Cutting a "V" shape in the toenail will prevent ingrown nails. Truth: This can actually make the problem worse by causing the nail to grow deeper into the skin.

  • Myth: Ingrown toenails only affect people who don't practice good hygiene. Truth: While keeping your feet clean and dry can help prevent ingrown toenails, there are several other factors that can contribute to their development.

  • Myth: You can cure an ingrown toenail by soaking it in vinegar. Truth: While vinegar may have antibacterial properties, it is not a proven cure for ingrown toenails and can actually cause irritation to the skin.

Conclusion: Importance of Proper Foot Care

Ingrown toenails can be a painful and frustrating condition, but with the right knowledge and care, it is possible to manage and prevent them. By practicing good foot hygiene, wearing properly-fitting shoes, and seeking medical attention when necessary, you can keep your feet healthy and pain-free.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an ingrown toenail, don't hesitate to seek medical attention from our HCPC podiatrist and chiropodist at our private foot clinic. Your feet will thank you!


If you are suffering from ingrown toenail problems, schedule an appointment with a foot specialist today to receive the proper treatment and care you need.

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