What causes Ingrown Toenails and how to treat them

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by Jay Lewis – Podiatrist

A typical ingrown toenail is a painful, inflamed nail edge and is one of the more common nail ailments affecting people of all ages.

Why do we get them?

  • Improper cutting can alter the growth of your nail causing it to grow into the tissue of the toe
  • Footwear – Poor fitting footwear that squeezes your toes together, or footwear with poor fixation that allows your foot to slide around – eg. no laces, straps, too tight or shoes that don’t fit well, can all prevent normal nail growth and place excess pressure on the nail bed leading to ingrown toenails.
  • Genetics – A family history of ingrown toenails can increase your chances of acquiring an ingrown toenail.
  • Injury – Kicking or dropping something on your toe can result in the nail growing into the tissue.

How can Footsmart treat your Ingrown Toenail?

Our Podiatrists can remove the offending section of nail conservatively. We will also show you the correct way of addressing (trimming) your nails without causing damage to the surrounding tissue.

If your ingrown toenail is recurring  Footsmart can offer permanent removal of your ingrown toenail with non-invasive nail surgery. This procedure is simple, painless and assures that the nail causing your pain will not return.

For all your nail care needs the team at the Footsmart are here to help. Call us today or Book Online.

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