ingrown nail

Ingrown toenails are painful problem for many of us. We put up with them for far too long and wait until they go from bad to worse hoping they will fix themselves!! Of course this is largely due to the belief that having a professional work on our feet is going to be SOO much more painful than us hacking away at our own toes.

Of course nothing is further from the truth. The comments at the clinic which are heard frequently are “I don’t know why I waited so long”.

So what actually is an ingrown toenail?

This is when the nail has pieced through and in the skin. It will generally start to cause an inflammatory reaction and the pain starts.

Why do they hurt so much?

They hurt because it is a piece of nail which is stuck in the skin. I like to explain it like a getting a splinter in your hand. When it is in your hand it hurts but once you get it out it feel a LOT better.

How do people get them?

They are typically caused by poor nail cutting and leaving a nail splinter behind. Although they can be caused by trauma, footwear or even the shape of someone’s nails.

What can be done to fix them?

At the clinic if we are able to get to them soon enough we can simple remove the piece of nail which is stuck in the skin. This will cause either a small amount of pain or in many cases none at all. In other cases it has been left longer and we use local anaesthetic and then remove the piece of nail once your toe has gone numb.

Read our blog post “Ingrown Toenails – What Can I Do?” for more information on how we can help you.

Are you able to walk afterwards?

YES! After any ingrown toenail treatment you will be able to walk afterwards. At the clinic we assess each person and the ingrown toenail on an individual basis and advise appropriately.

How can I get an appointment?

You can contact the clinic on 9432 2689 or alternatively book online by clicking here.

Do I need a referral?

No referral is necessary.

How Much Does It Cost?

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$93 - $103

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$82 - $89

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  • What is an ingrown toenail?
    An ingrown toenail involves the edges of the nail growing into or piercing the surrounding skin. They can be extremely painful and often lead to an infection if not treated properly. The occur most often on the big toes, however, they can also occur on the smaller toes occasionally.
  • What causes an ingrown toenail?
    Ingrown toenails can be caused by a number of different things, including:
  • Can I fix an ingrown toenail myself?
    We do not recommend fixing an ingrown toenail by yourself.  Incorrect treatments can cause more pain and complications, while also delaying healing.
  • Should I see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?
    YES! Podiatrists are equipped with the tools needed to treat an ingrown toenail safely.  There are various treatment options available and these will depend on the severity of the ingrown toenail.
  • How can I avoid ingrown toenails?
    There are lots of things you can do to avoid ingrown toenails, including:
    • Proper nail cutting techniques
    • Wearing proper fitting footwear that is wide and deep enough through the toe box
    • Avoid picking at nails
    • Seeing a podiatrist as soon as you notice an ingrown toenail
  • How does a podiatrist fix an ingrown toenail?
    In some cases,  a podiatrist will be able to remove the nail spike quite easily. Podiatrists are armed with the tools required to remove the nail spike, if possible, relatively easily through the use of nail clippers and a scalpel. Often podiatrists will place a very small piece of medical foam under the edge of the nail to attempt to lift the nail and limit the amount that it grows into/pierces the skin. When there is pain and infection, it makes it a little more tricky but we can use other treatment options. There are procedures that can be performed called a partial nail avulsion procedure.  It involves injecting a small amount of local anaesthetic into the toe in order to be able to remove the part of the nail that is ingrown without pain.  A chemical called phenol is then applied so that the ingrowing portion of the nail does not grow back.
  • How long does it take for an ingrown nail to heal?
    This will depend on the severity of the ingrown toenail. It may be a few days for mild cases, or it might be 4-6 weeks for severe cases that require surgery.
  • Are ingrown toenails dangerous?
    Generally no, however, if you have a medical condition such as diabetes or a vascular insufficiency that can affect your healing potential, it is important to see a podiatrist for treatment. Complications that can arise from ingrown toenails that are not properly treated include infection, which if not treated, can damage the nail and skin.