An ingrown toenail is a nail that has penetrated the flesh due to excessive curvature of the nail plate.
This problem may be hereditary, but it can also occur after trauma or an accident.
Symptoms of ingrown toenail
What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?
Effective trimming will help preventing ingrown toenails but, if poorly trimmed, the curved portion of the nail will pierce the skin.
In addition to pain, redness and discharge, the ingrown nail will cause the growth of a ball of flesh called granuloma.
How to treat ingrown toenails
The podiatrist will cut a portion of the ingrown nail to reduce pain and speed up curing the infection. A permanent solution may require minor surgery.
In such instances, under local anaesthesia, your podiatrist removes a small sliver of the nail, generally the portion which is curved into the flesh, frequently on the large toenail.
Subsequently acid will be used to kill the root cells thus preventing the re-growth of the removed portion while preserving the aesthetics of the nail. Such minor surgery takes place in the clinic and lasts about thirty minutes.