Infected toe nail
An infected toe prior to surgery

Is an ingrown toenail causing you pain?

An Ingrown toenail or infected toenail may be caused by the following:

  • Poorly cut nails
  • Heredity
  • Tight shoes/socks/stockings
  • Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities

The following symptoms may be present with an infected toenail:

  • Pain, redness and swelling
  • Drainage (pus or clear fluid)
  • Odour
  • Prominent skin tissue (proud flesh)

Ingrown Toenails can be caused by the following

Home Treatment

If you suspect an ingrown toenail, bathe your foot in a bowl of warm salt water for approximately 5 minutes, then apply an antiseptic ointment to the infected toenail.

Cover the area to keep clean and make an appointment to see your podiatrist.

Podiatry Treatment

Conservative treatment consists of, removal of the offending nail spike, or surgical removal, with sterilization of the nail matrix to prevent the nail from regrowing

This procedure requires a local anesthetic and the procedure is done in the podiatrist’s rooms by Carol our chief podiatrist.

Nail Surgery

If the infection has been long standing nail surgery may be required. Surgery is an in rooms procedure allowing you to return to work/school the following day.

A course of antibiotics from your Doctor may be required prior to surgery if the toe is red and very swollen.

People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self-treatment and seek podiatric care as soon as possible.

Ingrown nails can be prevented by trimming toenails straight across and selecting proper shoe style and size but not too tapered or shallow and paying special attention to foot pain.

If you are booking an appointment online and believe you need surgery for an ingrown toenail, please book your appointment with Carol Thomson