What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is where the edge of the nail pierces the skin of the toe often causing redness, swelling and pain. When left untreated bacteria can enter and infection can occur. Patients with diabetes or poor circulation are at a higher risk of complications from ingrown toenails therefore are advised to consult a podiatrist.

What to look for:

  • Pain or tenderness around the nail
  • Swelling or redness around the edge of the nail
  • Clear or discoloured discharge from the edge of the nail
  • Flaking or peeling of the skin
  • Hard skin around the edge of the nail
  • Curved nail plate
  • Nail piercing through the skin

What causes ingrown toenails?

  • Incorrect nail cutting
  • Trauma
  • Ill-fitted footwear
  • Toenail thickening
  • Irregular or curved nails

Preventing ingrown toenails:

  • Cutting the nails straight across
  • Avoid cutting the nails too short
  • Wearing appropriate fitted footwear
  • Seeking the advice of a qualified Podiatrist

At Foot Imprint Podiatry we offer a range of painless and quick procedures to treat your ingrown toenail.

Nail surgery is a common procedure performed in the comfort of our private treatment rooms and the patient is able to walk out immediately post treatment.

What does nail surgery involve?

At Foot Imprint Podiatry we ensure a completely sterile field to reduce any chance of post-operative complications.

Partial nail avulsion (PNA) is a minor and pain free procedure performed under local anaesthetic for your complete comfort. The offending nail is gently resected and permanently removed whilst preserving the remaining healthy nail plate. A dressing is applied and the patient is sent home. A review with the Podiatrist occurs three days later. This procedure produces the greatest success in the treatment of ingrown toenails.

Private health rebates apply.

To find which treatment is best for your ingrown toenail schedule an appointment with Foot Imprint Podiatry.