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Did I cut my nails too short?

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Did I cut my nails too short?

Jane Lawler

Nobody likes talking about ingrown toenails. They’re painful, sometimes smelly and can look hideous. It’s much easier to keep them hidden under a band aid and hope they will get better. Ingrown toenails are very common, especially in kids heading into that ‘tricky’ age. Kids have enough to deal with on a day to day basis and usually they don’t let mum or dad know about their troublesome toes until the smell is so bad that they figure it out themselves or they are in desperate pain. Adults can experience ingrown toenails too, and usually they have been a problem on and off for many years.

Contrary to popular belief, ingrown toenails are not always due to poor nail cutting. There are many factors which can predispose someone to developing ingrown toenails. These include familial factors relating to the shape of the toe, the shape of the nail plate, biomechanical factors, bony lumps and bumps beneath the nail, structural deformities, and the amount of soft tissue around the nail.

 The most common reason for foot surgery by Podiatric Surgeons is the humble ingrown toenail. In fact, procedures to fix ingrown toenails are the most common surgical procedure performed by a country mile. Most kids put off telling anyone about their toes because of fear of needles. Let’s face it, nobody likes to have needles, and the thought of one poking into an already painful toe can make your eyes water and your legs start trembling.

The good news is there is a solution for ingrown toenails. Yes, it may involve surgery. However, for those of us who hate the thought of needles being used to numb the toe whilst we’re sitting in the chair, there is another option. Most of our ingrown toenail surgery is undertaken as a day procedure in a hospital setting. This means a specialist anaesthetist is available to put you off to sleep for the procedure. When you wake up, it’s all done. This is especially great in the case of kids, although adults (big kids) prefer this option as well.
 
If you’ve been putting up with ingrown toenails and want a more permanent solution, come and see us. A referral is not needed, but you’ll have to be quick if you want to book in for surgery over the summer school holidays.