Twickenham Health Care Podiatrists - Chiropodists & Complementary Therapists
Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington, Hampton Hill, Isleworth, Hounslow, Richmond, St Margarets, Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Foot Clinic,
 
 
Podiatry & Chiropody
Podiatry, Chiropody, Foot Pain, Complete health care for all foot pain and foot or gait (walking) related problems
 
 
Sports, Muscular, Ligamentous and Joint Injuries related to Foot Biomechanics,
Podiatric Gait Analysis and Foot orthotics, sports injuries , running injuries
 
 
Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs
Heel pain, Plantar fasciitis, policemans heel, heel spur syndrome
 
 
Corns and Callous
painful feet, hard skin, cracked heels, corns , callous,
 
 
Verrucae
verruca, warts, viral skin infections, papilloma virus
 
 
Ingrowing and Involuted Toe Nails
ingrowing toe nails, painful nails, inflammed nails, infected nails, swollen toes
 
 
Distorted Damaged & Fungal Toe Nails
Good looking feet, Fungal infection of toe nails, Distortion of nails diseased nails, damaged nails
 
 
Osteopathy
Bringing balance to the body, joint and muscle pain, back pain , Knee, shoulder, neck pain
 
 
Homoeopathy
Healing from within, Holistic medicine,
 
 

Ingrowing and Involuted Toe Nails

Ingrowing Toe Nails

They occur when the edge of the nail cuts into the skin. It often bleeds and becomes inflammed as the skin tries to heal itself. As the nail is in the way the wound cannot close so hypergranulation (healing) tissue starts to grow on top of the nail. The toe can swell to twice its normal size and the wound can become infected and ooze pus.


What causes them

Most ingrowing toe nails are caused by poor nail cutting or injury. A rough or sharp edge may be left which cuts into the skin as the nail grows. Close fitting shoes don't help, pushing the nail edge down into the groove.

Involuted nails

These occur when the nail edge curls down into the groove. The more it presses into the groove the more the skin hardens forming a callous. If the pressure continues corns can form in the nail groove. They can be very painful but can usually be removed in a single treatment.

Treatment

The treatment for ingrowing and involuted nails is cutting away the problem edge. In the case of involuted nails any corns or callous is then removed and then the nail edge is smoothed to reduce the risk of reccurence. Any inflammation should settle down quickly.

Regular treatment may be necessary to keep the problem under control where the nail is excessively wide or curled.

To clear the problem in the long term we can offer a minor operation to remove all of the nail or just the curved section, under a local anaesthetic. It is an almost painless procedure which stops the nail from growing again thereby curing the problem.


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