An ingrown toenail occurs due to excess pressure to the top of the nail which forces the nail into the lower soft tissues causing discomfort and pain with the potential to cause infections.
If I take antibiotics prescribed by my Primary Care Provider will that cure my ingrown toenail?
No, while antibiotics will help with a possible infection that is caused by the ingrown toenail it will not eliminate the problem which is the ingrown nail also known as a Spicula.
The spicula MUST be removed in order to deal with the cause that is creating the infection
Ingrown toenails may develop from ill-fitting footwear that may have narrow toe boxes or shoes that are too long causing the foot to slide in the shoe or too tight compressing the toes and/or trauma to the affected area. Thickened nails or nail infections may also cause excess pressure therefore it is important to seek the care of a Podortho Foot Specialist® (PFS), Nurse who can manage these issues through their hygienic maintenance footcare procedures and will be able to identify if an ingrown nail is starting. The PFS may also recommend the application of a nail brace (Orthonyxia) to prevent or remove an ingrown toenail painlessly and eliminate the need for invasive and expensive surgeries. Feet for Life has been using the Podofix™ system for over 20 years in our practice successfully.
There are three stages to an ingrown toenail the third stage being the most severe and uncomfortable. It is important to seek attention earlier rather than later.
How do you know if you have an ingrown toenail?
- Discomfort and/or Pain when wearing closed-toe footwear
- Discomfort and/or Pain when walking, running, or jumping
- Redness around the nail
- Presence of pus or blood
- Thickened skin build-up at the sides and ends of the nail
Podofix™ nail brace system is measured and applied to fit each nail’s unique shape. Toenail with brace is placed under a light so it adheres to the toenail plate. Toenail bracing was conceived through the dental industry therefore it’s a similar concept as braces for teeth. The brace then gently lifts both lateral sides of the nail pulling the spicula (ingrown nail) out of the space where it was growing in. When the brace is initially applied, our clients immediately report feeling immediate relief. The nail is encouraged to grow in a natural direction with the help of a reshaping process with less curvature performed by your Podortho Foot Specialists®. This correction effect is long-lasting however, wearing closed toed shoes may cause re-occurrence therefore our clients will periodically need to have their Podortho Foot Specialist® maintain their nails on a regular basis and re-application of a brace may be required on occasion.
This cost-effective nail bracing system can be conveniently performed at Feet for Life Barrie with zero down time or healing required.