Ingrown toenails are very painful and can cause infection. An ingrown toenail is caused when the nail grows into the skin, usually at the sides of the nail. This pressure irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness and swelling. If the nail breaks the skin bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Ingrown toenails are very common and Podiatrists deal with them regularly.
North Queensland Podiatry will assess the problem and decide the best course of action. This could be nail trimming, footwear advice or nail surgery. Nail surgery is known as a Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA), this procedure is conducted using local anaesthetic. The treatment is painless and is the ultimate solution for ingrown toenails.