Ingrown Toenail Treatment
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail cuts and continues to grow into the surrounding skin in the area. This can become very painful and inflamed and if left untreated, can result in infection or an affected gait. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, Podiatry Plus Scotland are here to help with the leading ingrowing toenail treatment in Edinburgh. The majority of the time it is the big toe that is affected however any toe can become ingrown and cause problems.
There are several reasons that you can develop an ingrowing toenail including poor nail cutting, badly fitted footwear, poor foot hygiene, and it can even be down to an inherited nail shape that is prone to this condition. Symptoms commonly include swelling, pain, redness, and heat but can develop into bleeding, further swelling, pus, and an infection if not treated. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the bone.
Treatment For Ingrown Toenail
When seeking ingrowing toenail treatment in Edinburgh, our podiatrists will outline the most suitable option for treatment, whether that is a prescribed course of antibiotics, bathing in saline solution, removal of a small section of the nail, or removal of the entire nail. In the event of opting for entire nail removal for your ingrown toe treatment, the operation will be performed under local anaesthetic and your podiatrist will prevent the nail from growing back. This is because the toenail typically grows back in a worst state than the one that has been removed. Following toenail removal surgery, we will have three further consultations to ensure that you are getting the best care after toenail removal, so you are back up and running as fast as possible.
If you require any advice about the best option of ingrowing toenail treatment for you, please get in touch with our team today.