Ingrown Toenail Treatment Singapore
Onychocryptosis, or ingrown nails, is a prevalent illness that affects people of all ages.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail edge embeds itself into the nail bed or soft flesh of the toe, causing pain. If left untreated, the affected toe may become infected.
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Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail can be caused or exacerbated by several factors, such as:
- Improperly-sized footwear: The adjacent skin may be forced against the nail if your shoes are too tight.
- Not cutting your toenails correctly: Cutting your nails too short or leaving sharp edges at the corner encourages the nail to grow into your skin.
- Toenail injuries: A toenail that has been pulled or peeled off at the edge might become distorted and create an ingrown toenail.
- Fungal infections: These can cause your nail to thicken or expand, increasing the likelihood of it growing into your skin.
- Toenail shape: You're more prone to getting ingrown toenails if you have fan-shaped nails or very curved toenails.
Symptoms of an Ingrown Nail
Your big toes are most likely to be affected by ingrown toenails.
Some of the most common symptoms in its early stages include:
- Pain (especially when pressure is placed on the affected toenail)
- Build-up of fluid
Other symptoms that may appear once an infection has set in include:
- Swelling and redness
- Overgrowth of the skin around the nail plate
When left untreated, the problem can spread to the underlying bone in severe cases, resulting in a deadly infection.
Furthermore, patients with diabetes or other disorders that cause poor blood flow are at a higher risk of complications.
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Treatment for Ingrown Toenails
Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic provides various treatments when it comes to ingrown toenail treatment, both conservative and surgical, to suit the individual needs of different patients.
Slant-back Procedure (Conservative)
A wedge of the offending nail on the is removed, usually without the need for local anaesthesia.
Pain relief is usually instant with this method. However, this procedure is not a permanent solution for ingrown toenails as it does not affect the curved shape of the toenail. Often, the nail grows back to pierce the surrounding skin again.
Nail Bracing (Conservative)
Nail bracing is a safe, straightforward, and conservative option for an ingrown toenail that is painless and allows you to go about your regular activities post-application.
Corrective nail braces are medical devices that utilise pressure to modify tissues, similar to dental braces.
A personalised nail brace takes only a few minutes to apply and can completely resolve ingrown nail conditions. The entire toenail is generally straightened within a period of time after applying nail braces.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery with Chemical Matrixectomy
Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) is an outpatient procedure that involves a local anaesthetic for minimal pain during surgery.
It will start by trimming the affected sides of your toenail to make it narrower and provide it with a straight edge. Next, a chemical called phenol is applied into the nail matrix. This prevents the offending nail from growing in the future.
The recovery period lasts about 3-6 weeks, with a few dressing changes and a final visit to guarantee normal healing.
This surgery possesses a 95% efficacy rate with minimal chances of recurrence and more aesthetically-pleasing results.
Ingrown Toenail Removal at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic
Suspect that you might have an ingrown toenail?
Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic is here to guide you through your pain with our educative care and efficient podiatric treatments.
Each 1.5-hour consultation begins with history taking by our expert podiatrist. This is where we delve into your symptoms and possible factors to determine the most likely cause of your ingrown toenail.
Following that, a physical examination will be carried out to assess the severity of your condition.
Upon diagnosis of ingrown toenails, we begin customising your treatment plan. In addition, we will educate you about your condition and field any questions or concerns you may have.
Then, we will elaborate on our treatment options, which are the slant-back procedure, nail bracing, and nail surgery.
The most appropriate treatment will be chosen to help you relieve pain and achieve your health goals efficiently.
Recovery & Prevention
After your treatment, we provide personalised lifestyle advice to avoid putting any strain on your toes and decrease the chance of future harm.
If you undergo nail surgery, your toe will be wrapped in a thick dressing after the procedure. You will need to wear the bandage for around two days to minimise bleeding and infection.
Depending on the type of treatment you received, you may be required to attend a follow-up session. This allows us to check for any additional issues you may have had and ensure that your recovery progresses as smoothly as possible.
Pain relief begins at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic.
Our podiatrist has the experience and skills needed to specialise in effectively treating foot and nail problems.
To reduce the danger of infection, we remove ingrown toenails with sterilised and specialised medical devices. We'll also make sure the nail sides are appropriately filed down to avoid reoccurrence if ingrowth.
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