Nail Correction

What are ingrown toenails?

 

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of your nails grow into the skin next to the nail. Your big toe is most likely to get an ingrown toenail.

You can treat ingrown toenails at home. However, they can cause complications that might require medical treatment. Your risk of complications is higher if you have diabetes or other conditions that cause poor circulation.

The Onyfix nail correction system used in the treatment of ingrown nails that is painless and non-invasive

THE BENEFITS OF ONYFIX

  • Pain-free treatment                                                      Rapid pain alleviation

  • Corrects the nail through physiological nail growth           Effective without exerting force on the nail

  • Combinable and individually adaptable system                 Effectiveness confirmed by a study

  • Particularly suitable for diabetics                                    Nail polish can still be used
  • No restrictions on patient activities (incl. swimming/sauna)
An ingrown toenail being treated with the painless, non-invasive system

SYMPTOMS OF AN INGROWN NAIL
HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM

An ingrown toenail has a number of different symptoms:

  • Pressure pain when walking

  • Painful lateral nail fold

  • Thickened lateral and distal nail folds

  • Reddened nail folds/toe

  • Restricted mobility

  • Toe grows hot

  • Possible pyogenesis (pus formation – caused by bacteria)

What causes ingrown toenails?

 

Ingrown toenails occur in both men and women. According to the National Health Services (NHS), ingrown toenails may be more common in people with sweaty feet, such as teenagers. Older people may also be at higher risk because toenails thicken with age.

Many things can cause an ingrown toenail, including:

  • cutting toenails incorrectly (Cut straight across, since angling the sides of the nail can encourage the nail to grow into the skin.)

  • irregular, curved toenails

  • footwear that places a lot of pressure on the big toes, such as socks and stockings that are too tight or shoes that are too tight, narrow, or flat for your feet

  • toenail injury, including stubbing your toe, dropping something heavy on your foot, or kicking a ball repeatedly

  • poor posture

  • improper foot hygiene, such as not keeping your feet clean or dry

  • genetic predisposition

 

Using your feet extensively during athletic activities can make you especially prone to getting ingrown toenails. Activities in which you repeatedly kick an object or put pressure on your feet for long periods of time can cause toenail damage and increase your risk of ingrown toenails. These activities include:

  • ballet

  • football

  • kickboxing

  • soccer

  • tennis

 

Complications

 

Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.

Complications can be especially severe if you have diabetes, which can cause poor blood flow and damage nerves in your feet. So a minor foot injury — a cut, scrape, corn, callus or ingrown toenail — may not heal properly and become infected. A difficult-to-heal open sore (foot ulcer) may require surgery to prevent the decay and death of tissue (gangrene). Gangrene results from an interruption in blood flow to an area of your body.

 

Prevention

 

To help prevent an ingrown toenail: 

  • Trim your toenails straight across. Don't curve your nails to match the shape of the front of your toe. If you have your toenails done at a salon, be sure to tell your pedicurist to trim your nails straight across. If you have a condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet and you can't trim your nails, see a footcare Nurse regularly to have your nails trimmed.

  • Keep toenails at a moderate length. Trim toenails so they're even with the tips of your toes. If you trim your toenails too short, the pressure from your shoes on your toes may direct a nail to grow into the tissue.

  • Wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that place too much pressure on your toes or pinch them may cause a nail to grow into surrounding tissue. If you have nerve damage to your feet, you may not be able to sense if your shoes fit too tightly. Take care to buy and wear properly fitted shoes, preferably from a shoe store specializing in fitting shoes for people with foot problems.

  • Wear protective footwear. If your work puts you at risk of injuring your toes, wear protective footwear, such as steel-toed shoes.

  • Check your feet. If you have diabetes, check your feet daily for signs of ingrown toenails or other foot problems.

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