Ingrowing Toenails (Onychocryptosis)
An ingrowing toenail occurs when a nail penetrates the flesh of the toe.
It can be a nail splinter which digs into the skin causing extreme pain and in more extreme cases it can become infected causing symptoms such as redness, swelling, odor, and discharge.
The most affected toenail is the big toenail but the smaller nails can become ingrowing as well.
Involuted nails are toenails that curl into the skin (without piercing the flesh) and can also be extremely painful.
Who gets ingrowing toenails?
Treating Ingrowing Toenails
We can remove the nail spike, or, if it is too painful a local anaesthetic injection may be administered. When appropriate, we can perform nail surgery to remove part/all of the nail and then to treat it with a chemical to prevent regrowth. Education on avoiding ingrowing toenails in the future is also given.