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Ingrown Toenails

    If you have experienced this condition, otherwise known as onychocryptosis, then you are aware of how painful it can really be. Ingrown toenails occur when there is abnormal growth of nail sideways, so that it creates friction with the skin. It can also occur from improper nail cutting, in which nail fragments, called spicules, get entrapped in the area which connects the skin to the nail ( known as the sulcus).

Who gets them?

    Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but they tend to be more common in athletes who wear occlusive footwear, runners whose toes may be making irregular contact with the front of the shoe and in those who are improperly cutting their toenails. We tend to see them in adolescents here at Achilles as well.

What do they look like? 

Signs and symptoms include a red, painful throbbing nail, which may or may present with some fluid release. The nail can become infected and this will result in classic signs of infection such as a red, hot, swollen, and painful.  In general, by the time we see patients with these sorts of nail problems, they are in quite a lot of pain.

Treatment Options

There are a few things we can do for ingrown toenails in our office. First and most importantly, we will remove the offending spicule, and this usually results in immediate pain relief. However, the act of using our instruments in this sensitive area can be very painful, and therefore occasionally we need to anaesthetize the area in order to perform this procedure.  In cases where the patient is experiencing repetitive ingrowns over a period of time, permanent or non-permanent nail removal is also an option. Finally, as with most foot and nail conditions, underlying biomechanical causes need to be corrected for with orthotics, or else the problem will recur.

If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for your ingrown toenails, then give us a call at 519-624-4122. 


By Dr. Douglas Broad
June 27, 2014
Category: Diabetes

Clipping Toenails with CareIf you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems, since the disease can damage nerves and impede blood flow to your feet. Daily foot care is vitally important, and that includes keeping your toenails clean and trimmed. Your nails help protect your toes, but if not cared for properly, they can cause more harm than good. Untrimmed toenails could produce sharp edges that pierce your skin, and even the smallest cut can open the door to infection with serious consequences. So, grab some clean clippers and use the following tips for trimming diabetic toenails.

You might think the best time to trim is right after you bathe, when the nail is nice and soft, but that is not so. They are more likely to tear when wet, so wait for them to dry out. Cut the nails straight across. If you follow the natural curve of your nail, it could cause an ingrown toenail which can lead to a dangerous infection. So keep it straight! If there are any rough edges, gently smooth them with an emery board. Never cut your cuticles. You could easily cut your skin. If you’re not confident with your skills and you’d rather not chance it, make an appointment with Chiropodist Douglas Broad. He’d be happy to trim your toenails for you, and help you with any of your other diabetic foot care needs.

Besides trimming diabetic toenails properly, you should also keep a close eye on how they look. A healthy nail should be smooth and slightly pink. If you notice thickness or brittleness, or any discoloration, it could mean you have a fungal nail infection. If this is the case, you should seek help from Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare in Cambridge, Ontario. Call (519) 624-4122 or contact us online today.

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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122