Here at the Limerick Podiatry Centre we understand the impact that an ingrown toenail can have on you. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail curls into the flesh of the toe. This most commonly occurs on the big toe.
Who is affected?
- Teenagers: During teenage years the feet tend to sweat more. The extra moisture can cause the nail and surrounding tissue to soften. The soft nail or tissue can split and result in the nail becoming ingrown.
- Older people: Nails thicken naturally as you age. These thick nails can put pressure on the skin and surrounding tissue, causing an ingrown nail.
- Badly cut nails
- Tight fitting footwear, tights or socks
- Trauma to the nail
- Natural curved nail shape
- Excessive sweating
- Poor foot hygiene
- Swelling and inflammation
- Fluid build-up around the toe
If left untreated:
- Very painful
- Overgrowth of surrounding skin
- Oozing pus
You are at higher risk of developing complications if you suffer from diabetes or any other condition that causes poor circulation.