An ingrown toenail is when the side of a nail grows into the skin causing pain, redness and swelling. If the nail penetrates the skin, this can lead to infection and the development of proud flesh.
The most commonly affected nail is that of the big toe. The main causative factor for ingrown toe nails is the shape of the nail – the amount of curvature and width. Other factors can lead to an ingrown toenail are poor trimming technique, previous trauma to the nail, a fleshy toe and tight footwear.
Treatment by the podiatrist generally involves removal of the offending piece of nail. The treatment provides fast relief of the associated pain and infection.It is important to note that ingrown toenails can be recurrent. If conservative treatment fails to manage the problem, then nail surgery should be considered as a permanent solution.
Recovery is relatively quick (1-2 weeks) and the rate of re-occurance is very low.