[bt_quote style="box" width="0"] The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting. Injury by overly aggressive pedicures and nail picking are also common causes. [/bt_quote] [bt_accordion width="0" active_first="yes" icon="plus-square-1"] [bt_spoiler title="Definition" icon="list"] Nail surgery is a common minor surgical procedure, which may be indicated for a range of nail conditions, for which conservative treatment has been unsuccessful. Nail surgery may be appropriate for the following conditions:
-- Ingrown toenails
-- Fungal infections
-- Deformed toenails
-- Thickened toenails
-- Painful toenails
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="The Symptoms" icon="list"] Pain, redness, inflammation, swelling and sometimes pus can be found at either or both sides of the affected nail(s). The symptoms can usually be found at the tip end of the toe but can extend along the full length of the nail. It can be so painful that it makes wearing closed toed shoes impossible.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Causes" icon="list"] Typical causes of an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) are incorrect nail cutting; narrow-toed footwear, which pushes the skin at the edge of the toe hard against the toenail; trauma, which could be a single incident like dropping a brick on your toe; or repeated trauma such as kicking a football. It can even in some circumstances occur spontaneously due to no fault of your own. Your toenail shape might be excessively curved at the sides which leads to you being predisposed to this painful condition.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Procedure" icon="list"] After the nail is removed the nail bed is destroyed using a chemical called Phenol which prevents the nail from regrowing and thus eliminates any further problems.The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is performed under strictly STERILE conditions after which a sterile dressing is applied and the patient is recalled after 4 – 5 days for it to be re-dressed. The patient is then instructed on future home dressings and is seen in clinic again after 6-8 weeks.. [/bt_spoiler] [/bt_accordion]
The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting. Injury by overly aggressive pedicures and nail picking are also common causes.