Ingrown Toenails Treatments in Chelsea
Toenails come in all shapes and sizes...
Treating Ingrown Toenails
Toenails come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes rather than the nail growing straight it may grow into the borders. This can also be demonstrated with people who have bunions due to a change in the toe position which then affects the position of the toenail itself.
There are a number of causes with certain factors such as genetics playing a large part. However ill-fitting shoes, poor nail cutting techniques and even picking or biting nails (e.g. children biting their toenails) can all have detrimental effects. Ingrown toenails tend to affect the big toenails in the main. An ingrown toenail begins with usually a sliver of nail that pierces the flesh at the side of the nail. Not only can it become very painful but the toe itself can also become infected. This means that there is now an inflammation process beginning and blood and pus can be noted. There can also be a distinct bacterial odour.
There are various classification systems for grading ingrown toenails. (Kline, 2008) grades toenails from stage 1 to stage 5. A stage 1 ingrown toenail can usually be self-treated with adequate success. However a stage 5 ingrown toenail involves infection with a loosening / lifting of both nail borders. If the infection deteriorates it can not only spread to the lesser toes but can affect the whole foot so early intervention is recommended with antibiotics potentially required in these cases.
As ingrown toenails grow into the flesh they can be a real nuisance and severely compromise people’s day to day living activities. Ingrown toenails can be very painful. Most oftentimes we will be able to perform conservative care and make you more comfortable however in some instances a procedure known as a partial nail avulsion can be performed whereby a small section of your nail is removed / pared back and with the use of chemicals can be permanently corrected to resolve the issue for good.
At The Chelsea clinic we offer tailored treatments specific for you to ensure that the right treatment is selected along with footwear advice and correct nail cutting techniques for you.
Now offering home visits and online consultations
Tel: 020 7101 4000