An expert Podiatrist in Dubai answers your questions on what is an ingrown toenail and what is the best thing to do for an ingrown toenail.
21 January 2021| Last updated on 25 January 2021
Here's how to handle an ingrown toenail...
Complaining about a ruined toenail may sound a little bit dramatic, but the pain and discomfort from an ingrown toenail are very real. The good news is that ingrowns can be treated, and are easy to prevent from happening.
However, if you currently have an ingrown toenail, you may be wondering if it is better to fix it by yourself, or if you need a professional's help.
To help you make that decision, we looked to Pamela Ritucci, a podiatrist at Mediclinic City Hospital, on the best course of action when it comes to ingrown toenails.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is where the nail meets the skin surrounding the toenail and causes pressure and pain.
Signs of an ingrown nail can be:
Initially, the pressure may cause a callus to form but the nail may also penetrate the skin if not dealt with early enough.
Very often they get infected and the pain and swelling get worse. Doctors may prescribe you antibiotics to help fight the infection but unless the offending portion of the nail is removed, the problem will persist.
"I see this problem in the clinic on an almost daily basis, often caused by cutting nails too short or being overzealous cutting down the sides," says Ritucci.
She adds: "I often see this a week or two post pedicure once the nail spike that was left in there starts to grow out."
The longer you leave this problem the worse the swelling can become and it makes it harder to treat successfully by just removing the nail spike and may require excision of the ingrown nail under local anaesthetic.
Tips on how to avoid an ingrown nail
- Do not leave nails too long or cut them too short.
- Allow approximately 1mm of free edge and file the corners with an emery board.
- Ensure to wear shoes with adequate width so your toes don’t get squashed together.
- If your nail's shape is curly, thickened, or awkward to cut see a Podiatrist regularly to help you look after them.
If you have any problems with your feet, it's recommended to see a Podiatrist in Dubai, who is an expert on the foot and ankle.