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Ingrown Toenail – Dubai Podiatry Centre

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Onychocryptosis is otherwise known as an ingrown toenail. It occurs when part of the nail penetrates or increases pressure on the skin which causes pain, inflammation, hyper granulated tissue and commonly infections.


Etiology

The many causes of developing onychocryptosis including:

  • Improper cutting of the nail –  “ too short, leaving sharp edges, cutting down the sides
  • Pronation of the hallux and Hallux Valgus Deformity –  “ causing skin to €˜bulge€™ on one side of the nail leading to an increase in pressure
  • Involuted nails – “ where the nail is curved at each edge rather than lying straight across the nail bed
  • Ill fitting footwear – “ tight shoes causing increased pressure on the nail and skin
  • Trauma – deforming the nail growth will increase the chances of developing into an ingrown nail
  • Swollen toes – “ chubby digits or during pregnancy can increase the skin bulging around the nail leading to an ingrown nail
  • Fungal nail infections – “ deformed, brittle or thick nails increase the chances of developing an ingrown nail

How a Podiatrist can help?

Pending on any nail deformity, severity or presence of infection to the ingrown nail we can help by:

  • Referring to a Doctor for treatment if an infection is present – antibiotics
  • Corrective trimming of the nail cutting straight across
  • Packing the nail sulci with gauze and antiseptic solution – will allow the nail & skin to be separated so inflammation can reduce
  • Removing the nail spike – “ if it is too painful we can administer a local anesthetic. If this nail spike is not removed, the infection will likely continue with- “ clear small strips are applied across the nail which then acts as a €˜spring back€™ to lift up the sides of the nail creating a nail that lies straight across the nail bed. This is a painless procedure but can only be applied to certain nails once infection has been removed. The nail brace is worn for a few weeks to insure the nail sides do not fall back down
  • Persistent occurrences of ingrown nails – “ A Partial Nail Avulsion will be needed. Where the digit is under local anesthetic and only a part of the nail, the irritating side is removed from the nail root. No skin is cut, so no stitches are required. We can administer Phenol Acid to the nail bed to ensure re-growth does not occur if the problem lies at the nail bed. Patients can continue with their normal lives that same day but rest and foot elevation is advised. We ask that constrictive footwear or sporting activities are not carried out for at least 10 days while the toe is healing.
  • Patient information – “ corrective self trimming, not wearing tight footwear or socks, check digits daily, keep feet clean, treat fungi infections.
  • It is advised if patients have poor circulation or Diabetes that they get their nails trimmed by a Podiatrist to ensure corrective trimming and lessens the chances of cutting the skin, ingrown nails and infections.
  • Assess foot alignment for deformities such as Hallux Valgus – correct this with Orthoses Devices which will offload the pressure being exerted from the nail into the skin

10 comments

  • May Ann

    September 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you very much Michelle! I was so scared to have this problem fixed but you were very gentle and patient. I couldn’t wait to come back for my review to show how perfect my nails are!

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    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      October 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hello May Ann, you are most welcome and thank you also for coming in to see us! We look forward to seeing you again. Regards, Leslie on behalf on Dubai Podiatry Centre

      Reply

  • Zonya

    October 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Very grateful for accommodating me on such short notice and fixing my horrible toe nail after the pedicure gone wrong moment. All the best to everybody at Dubai Podiatry Centre!

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    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      October 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Hello Zonya, thank you very much for your message. We are very happy that we have been of help to you! You have our whatsapp number for any other concerns. Regards, Leslie on behalf of Dubai Podiatry Centre

      Reply

  • auric balmeo

    September 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Good day.

    How much will it cost to remove ingrown toenail. Thanks

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    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      September 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Dear Auric,

      Thank you for your comment. You can send a message to our clinic whatsapp 0503553024 and our medical team will reply to you or call 04 3435390.

      Best wishes,
      DPC

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    • S P Patel

      February 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      R. Big Toe has slight ingrowing toe nail. Slight Uneasy feeling comes and goes. When if I press on skin adjoining it feels little pain. Can it be cured successfully ?
      Please advise ‘approx’. charges for consultation, medicine, guidance.
      Also advise, charges for Toe nail surgery, in case you decide / advise. Where ?
      K. Regards,

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      • Dubai Podiatry Centre

        April 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        Hello, thank you for your comment. Of course it can be cured successfully – for a specific medical report and prices please contact our nurses via WhatsApp on +971 50 355 3024. They will ask for pictures of your toe nail so that they can give you accurate pricing and answer your questions in depth.
        Kind Regards, DPC

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  • Mohibul Haque

    January 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am also having toenail problem and also got wound on the edge of toe nail, i took medicine for last 15 dyas but there is no benefit till date.

    Kinldy advise me or suggest for proper medication.

    Reply

    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      April 15, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Hello, thank you for your comment. For a specific medical report and treatment plan please contact our nurses via WhatsApp on +971 50 355 3024. They will ask for pictures of your toe nail so that they can give you an accurate and successful course of action.
      Kind Regards, DPC

      Reply

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