Ingrown Toenail and Surgery

An ingrown toenail is a common disorder that affects the big toe. It is always painful with swelling, redness and sometimes infection. Very often, the patient will have difficulty walking or sleeping because of pain.

An Overview of Ingrown Toenail and Surgery

What is an Ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a common disorder that affects the big toe. It happens when the corners of the nail curves and digs into the soft flesh, hence; the name ingrown nail. It is always painful with swelling, redness and sometimes infection. Very often, the patient will have difficulty walking or sleeping because of pain.

    What causes ingrown toenail?

    Common causes of ingrown toenails are:

    • Toenail trauma, such as stubbing your toe
    • Wearing shoes that are too tight
    • Cutting toenails too short
    • Cutting toenails at an angle

      How are they treated?

      Common treatments include antibiotic cream, oral antibiotic and pain relief medications. When medication is not enough to solve the problem, Dr Wong will advise the patient to surgically remove part of the ingrown nail so that the skin or infection can heal.

      Performing surgery to destroy the matrix where the nail is being formed will also decrease the recurrence rate of ingrown toenail.

      People with diabetes, poor blood supply of the toes have higher risk of complications because ingrown toenail can lead to serious infections and the risk of losing a limb.

        When to see a doctor?

        See your dermatologist if you:

        • Experience severe discomfort or pain in your toe
        • Spreading redness and increasing pus formation
        • Have concomitant diabetes and poor blood supply of the leg

          Other types of Painful nail condition?

          • Pincer nail
          • Glomus tumour
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              • MBBS, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore
              • MRCP. Member of Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
              • FAMS, Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore
              • Adjunct Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
              • Visiting Consultant, University Dermatology Division, National University Hospital
              • Visiting Consultant, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Centre, National University Hospital

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