Ingrown Toe Nails

There could be multiple causes for an ingrown toe nail, could include; poor nail cutting technique, picking or ripping nails, weak or brittle nail plate, involuted nail, or trauma.

An ingrown toe nail will not resolve with just antibiotics from a GP if the nail has pierced the tissue. In this case a 'spike' of nail must be removed - either conservatively or through surgical removal.

An ingrown toe nail can be managed in 2 ways.

  1. Conservative treatment
    • Trimming and clearing the edges of the nail
    • Salt water soaks
    • Regular trimming and maintenance of the nail
  2. Surgical Nail Removal (PNA)
    • Partial or total nail avulsion to remove the offending piece of nail
 

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