What Is An Ingrown Toenail?
What Are The Symptoms Of An Ingrown Toenail?
- Pain (often severe) along the side(s) of your toenail
- Redness around your toenail
- Swelling of the tissue around your toenail
While waiting for an appointment with a chiropodist to treat an infected ingrown toenail, the following may help to manage the infection and reduce pain:
- Foot soaks in (Epsom) salt water bath
- Gently clean the area of pus and blood
- Apply sparing amounts of Polysporin ointment and cover with a bandage when going out
- Wear shoes with a wide toebox to reduce pressures
- Avoid injury and participation in sport activity which may exacerbate the problem
- Do not cut the toenail yourself as it may make the problem worse or make it more difficult for the chiropodist to treat conservatively
How Do I Treat An Ingrown Toenail?
- Placing a spacer or splint under the ingrown edge of the toenail
- Advising to soak feet in Epsom salt and water bath at home to flush out the infection and manage pain and inflammation
- Trimming the ingrown portion of the nail
- In recurrent cases, surgical removal (outpatient) of part of your toenail and the underlying nail bed
- If your toenail becomes infected you may need topical or oral antibiotics
- Severe infection
What Can Cause Ingrown Toenails?
- Trimming your nails too short (particularly your big toenail)
- Tapering or rounding your toenails
- Excessive sweating (plantar hyperhidrosis)
- Having flat feet
- Wearing shoes that are too tight, short, or narrow
- Naturally wide nails which can become difficult to trim
- Genetics – naturally curved nails
- Injury to the toenail
How Do I Prevent An Ingrown Toenail?
- Avoid shoes that crowd your toes
- Trim your toenails straight across and file the corners
- Avoid injury to your toenails
Book an appointment for ingrown toenail
You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or phoning the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).