Ingrown Toenails Perth


What are Ingrown Toenails?

An ingrowing toenail (Onychocryptosis) is a condition when a part of the toenail grows and applies pressure to the sulcus of the nail or corner of the nail bed, making the area tender, swollen, and painful. This condition can happen to any toe and any person of any age. The ingrown nail that is growing into the skin must be treated as soon as possible before the condition worsens, as this may lead to soft tissue infections which are extremely painful. Patients may experience different signs and symptoms for an ingrown toenail depending on what stage the condition is at. Our Podiatrists are experts in treating Ingrown Toenails for our Perth clients.


If the ingrown toenail penetrates the skin, your toe will be prone to infection. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail that is red, inflamed, swollen, and/or is oozing pus, you may have an ingrown toenail infection and will need to seek professional treatment.


Watch our short video of the principal podiatrist, Heidi Schlesniak, explaining what ingrown toenails are, how they are caused, and what we can do to fix them permanently, here.


How Are Ingrowing Toenails Caused?

Ingrowing toenails can be caused by a variety of different factors. Most commonly incorrect nail cutting techniques can lead to ingrowing toenails however ill-fitting footwear, trauma, and poor foot function can also lead to ingrowing of the nail. 


Ingrown Toenail Treatment - How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Toenails

The Podiatrists at Cockburn Central Podiatry have a wealth of experience in dealing with these extremely painful problems and will aim to provide treatment with both immediate and long-lasting results. Getting rid of ingrown toenails need not be painful, and can be fixed permanently, with minimal pain.


There are several treatment options available for ingrowing toenails and your Podiatrist is the expert in finding the perfect treatment plan for you. In some cases, simple non-surgical nail cutting may be required, however in recurrent or more severe cases, a surgical procedure by a Podiatrist may be required to avoid problems in the future. 


Treatment at home

  • Bathing the toe in:

    • Saline water

    • A mixture of salt and water

    • An antiseptic solution such as Dettol or Betadine

  • Try to avoid cutting down into the corners of the nail as this might influence the nail to grow into the skin. Cut straight across so the nail can grow in one direction. 

  • Avoid tight-fitting shoes that aggravate pain.

  • Visit your local GP if you are experiencing severe pain, redness and pus. They will assess if you need oral antibiotics for any infection present.


Treatment With Or Without Local Anaesthetic

Your Podiatrist can remove the cause of ingrown toenails. Procedures are done at your chosen Podiatrist to remove the part of the nail that is aggravating the nail bed. Depending on the severity of the ingrown nail and pain, this procedure can be done with or without local anaesthetic. If you struggle with recurring ingrown toenails or have had multiple infections in the past, it is best to consider a permanent solution to cure ingrown toenails.


Surgical Treatment For Ingrown Toenails

If you struggle with recurring ingrown toenails or have had multiple infections in the past, it may be worth considering a permanent solution to cure ingrown toenails.


Partial Nail Avulsion with Chemical Matrixectomy:

The Partial Nail Avulsion with Chemical Matrixectomy is a surgical procedure for ingrown toenails. Cockburn Central Podiatry performs this treatment in the clinic under sterile conditions to permanently remove a small segment of the nail and prevent it from regrowing, reinfecting, and eliminating pain you have been experiencing in the past. Cockburn Central Podiatry is highly experienced in Partial Nail Avulsion procedures and can provide more information for permanent solutions and advise patients on further steps of recovery.


If you are sick of putting up with painful ingrown nails, book in for an ingrown nail assessment today.


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