Ingrown occurs when the nail, instead of growing straight, damages the soft tissue that surrounds it and gets under the skin. This is a very unpleasant ailment, which in addition to unsightly redness is also characterized by severe pain. Ingrown nail, which can not be cured in time can lead to inflammation and significantly impede walking.

Footwear, osteoarticular deformities or genetics?


ingrown nailThe nails can grow in for many reasons. We are often responsible for this ourselves. Unsuitable footwear: too narrow toes or too high heels, causing pressure when walking, may cause the nail to grow abnormally. Failure to follow the rules for proper cutting: cutting too deep at the tips, rounding them or cutting the sides of the tile strongly also contributes to ingrowth. The reason may also be hyperhidrosis or very dry skin on the feet – if we do not care for it properly and do not respond to problems, they pile up, causing further ailments.

Sometimes genetic conditions determine that the nail will grow. The reason can also be orthopedic deformities, which put more pressure on the foot when walking. The same effect will cause overweight or exercise, in which the body weight is focused on the foot.


How to recognize the ingrown nail?


Ingrowth most often affects toenails, especially toes. They are the hardest and stick most into the skin. Ailments may be accompanied by swelling and even bleeding. Usually, the place where the nail grows is red and tender. If bacterial infection also occurs, inflammation may occur with associated purulent discharge.

We have to do with an ingrown nail when the nail damages the skin structure during abnormal growth. The tile can grow sideways, curvature or curl. When it gets under the skin, it damages soft tissues and the body reacts defensively. Hence the pain and discomfort.

If we notice any of the symptoms of ingrowth, we should immediately visit a podiatrist at . By delaying, the nail will grow deeper, causing more and more damage. Remember that when you grow in, your nail is still exposed to bacterial superinfections, which significantly prolong the healing process and expose the patient to additional ailments. The sooner we appear in a specialist office, the easier it will be to get rid of the problem.

Ingrown toenail treatment


There are many methods to eliminate ingrowth. They are selected individually for the ailment with which the patient reports. The most common are Arkady’s ankle and orthonyxia clamps. Surgical intervention is sometimes required, which the podologist may decide in consultation with the surgeon during the consultation.

Arkada’s cube


In this method, the ankle is used to stabilize the toe – a device for correcting the shape of the nail. Then, using manipulators, the plate is properly deformed and then the deformation is fixed with specialized acrylic. Because the acrylic mass should be replaced regularly, the method involves follow-up visits. It also requires the patient to apply special care, including regular use of Arkada serum, which prevents infections.

Orthotics buckles


Buckles are considered one of the best methods of nail correction. Their task is to straighten the plate and give it the right growth path. The application of braces is a completely painless procedure. You can feel relief after first putting it on. What’s more, the buckles do not hinder normal functioning. You can walk in them as well as play sports.


Ingrown toenail = recurring?

Nail ingrowth is a condition that is prone to relapse. Therefore, after treatment, regardless of the method used, prevention is always recommended. Regular visits to the podiatric office will help keep your nails in good condition. The basis is proper trimming: without rounding the edges, leaving the nail in its original shape – a square. Soaking before cutting will help to soften the plate. Then it will be easier to shape it. In this way, we also reduce the risk of injury when cutting too hard nails. Let’s also avoid tight footwear, remembering about foot comfort!

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