When a toenail is ingrown it can cause irritation to the surrounding skin as the nail grows.
If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter the
wound and cause an infection of the toe.
Treatment of ingrown toenails
Podiatrists can help by removing the offending nail spicule, cutting and filing the nail to promote the nail to grow normally. A Podiatrist can advise on correct cutting technique and ways to prevent it reoccurring. In severe cases where the problem keeps recurring, minor surgery may be performed. This is known as a Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA). This procedure is carried out under local anesthetic in our Practice.
If an ingrown toenail has caused an infection, it is recommend you seek the
attention of a GP for antibiotics.
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