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Ingrowing Toe Nails

INTRODUCTION TO IN GROWING TOENAILS

In growing toenails are one of the most common foot complaints treated by a chiropodist. This condition can be very painful and patients may often be very reluctant to have the condition treated. However, we can assure you that this condition will not resolve itself and requires specialist care. An In growing toe nail is caused by a splinter of nail or the whole nail causing pressure into the skin. Some in growing toenails are acute which means that they have occurred due to a injury to the toe. Others are chronic, which means the patient has had the problem for a long period of time. The large toe is usually affected, however, it can also affect the lesser toes.

APPEARANCE OF IN GROWING TOENAILS

  • In a acute condition the toe will be very red, swollen, painful to touch and there may be a discharge of pus or a watery discharge with a hint of blood.
  • In a chronic condition the toe will appear slightly inflamed at the corner of the nail.

The above picture is an infected In grown 1st nail.

SYMPTOMS OF IN GROWING TOENAILS

  • The condition may be aggravated by wearing tight shoes or shoes with a inadequate depth.
  • In a acute condition the toe will be very painful to touch and there may be presence of a infection.
  • In a chronic condition the toe will only be painful when the patient is walking with shoes on.

CAUSES OF IN GROWING TOENAILS

  • Trauma to the nail
  • Improper cutting of toe nails.
  • Tight shoes or hosiery
  • Abnormal shape of nail plate
  • Abnormal thickness of nail

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR IN GROWING TOENAILS

  • Cut toe nails straight across and leave them slightly longer to prevent an In growing toenail.
  • Avoid tight shoes
  • If discomfort occurs try soaking the feet in luke warm salt water for 10 minutes each day.
  • SEEK IMMEDIATE ADVICE FROM A CHIROPODIST


Treatment Options for Ingrowing Toe Nails

Gehwol Nail Softener for Ingrowing Toenails 15ml
Gehwol nail softener effectively prevents discomfort of an ingrowing toenail.

Professional Ingrown Toenail File
There's no pain quite like that of an ingrown toenail. This professional, stainless steel tool, with its very thin file on top and rounded edges, helps you work into difficult areas and give painful ingrown toenails the care and attention they need.


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