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Ingrown toenails

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Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 1st April 2023

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Ingrown nails occur when the edges or corners of a nail grow into the adjacent skin, causing discomfort, pressure, inflammation, bleeding or even infection. This condition should be addressed quickly so the injury doesn’t progress to the point where surgery is the only treatment option. How to prevent ingrown nails*:

1. Cut nails straight across

Cutting down the sides of toenails provides only temporary relief and encourage nails to continue ingrowing further. Nails should be cut straight across, rough edges filed, and corners rounded slightly to prevent catching.

2. Prevent trauma and treat injuries immediately

Any kind of trauma can cause a nail to start ingrowing. Acute injuries, infections and even footwear that crowds the toes, rubs or slips can cause trauma to nails. If an injury has occurred, seek help from a podiatrist straight away to assess and treat it.

3. Don’t hack at it!

Resist the urge! Your podiatrist can treat the ingrown nail properly with sterile equipment.

4. See your podiatrist

Genetics can cause incompatibilities in the shape of the toe and nail, meaning that ingrown nails are inevitable for some people. Fortunately, there are several treatments available*:

a. Footwear change

We ensure you are choosing styles that will not aggravate the condition.

b. Regular maintenance

Sometimes clearing hard skin from under the edges of the nail occasionally is all that is needed to keep a nail comfortable. We can also teach you how to tape the skin back, or we can pack foam under the edge of the nail to encourage the nail to grow correctly.

c. Nail bracing

We use Onyfix to brace suitable nails so they grow out straight instead of curving down into the skin.

d. Nail surgery

If conservative care isn’t suitable, a surgical procedure can be performed to remove the troublesome edges of the nail and stop them growing back. For severe injuries, it may be necessary to remove the damaged nail entirely and help the new nail grow in the right direction.

* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Authors

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.