An ingrown toenail (also known as “onychocryptosis”) is a common condition. As the name applies, it occurs when the sides or edges of the toenail grow into the skin. As the nail pierces the skin, it can cause bleeding, redness and pain. If left untreated, the ingrown toenail can get infected.
Anyone can get an ingrown toenail. They occur most often on the big toe.
The most common symptoms of an ingrown toenail are:
Shoes that put pressure on the toenail can worsen these symptoms.
If pain and redness is accompanied by pus, this can mean the toenail is infected. You should seek medical attention from a doctor or foot specialist if you think you have an infected toenail.
Common causes of ingrown toenails are:
An ingrown toenail can sometimes be treated at home in its early stages (i.e.: if it’s just irritated, but not infected or painful). It can also be effectively treated in-clinic by a chiropodist or foot specialist. You should immediately see a foot specialist for treatment if you have any of the following:
The best way to treat ingrown toenails is to be proactive and start treatment at the first signs of discomfort. Putting off treatment can make the issue worse, and even lead to infection and complications.
To treat your ingrown toenail at home:
If the toenail isn’t better after 3 – 5 days, it’s time to call the foot specialist.
A chiropodist at our foot clinic can quickly and easily treat ingrown toenails at any stage. Treatment can involve:
See our Ingrown Toenail Treatment Services page for more information on how we can treat your ingrown toenails.
While waiting for an appointment with a chiropodist to treat an infected ingrown toenail, the following may help to manage the infection and reduce pain:
Risk factors for developing ingrown toenails are:
There are many ways to effectively prevent or reduce your risk for developing ingrown toenails. They include:
Our Toronto Foot Clinic offers many great services and products for preventing and treating ingrown toenails. To book an appointment, click the “Book Appointment” button above, or call us at 416-769-FEET (3338). We are open Mondays to Saturdays and alternating Sundays.
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