Ingrown toenails or onychocryptosis, is a very common condition treated daily by Podiatrists at Foot Focus. The condition usually occurs as a result of the nail border putting pressure or penetrating the adjacent skin. Patients can present with a range of symptoms, from minor irritation and redness, too severe pain and infection, making it difficult to walk or wear a shoe.
There are many causes of ingrown toenails, including improperly trimming nails, hereditary factors, trauma, tight footwear, picking at nails, obesity and hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) which is especially common with children.
The Podiatrists at Foot Focus are expertly trained in the conservative and surgical treatment of ingrown toenails. Treatment options range from conservative nail trimming aimed at removing the offending piece of nail and restoring normal nail alignment, to minor nail surgery commonly referred to as a Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA).
Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) surgery involves the permanent removal of a section of nail. The procedure usually involves the administration of local anaesthetic to ensure a pain free procedure, the offending piece of nail is removed and the nail bed is treated with phenol to prevent any regrowth. As no sutures are required post-operative discomfort is minimal and the healing time is usually rapid. The final result is a slightly narrower pain free nail.