Ingrown toenails or onychocryptosis is a really painful condition that occurs when the side of your nail pierces through the skin surrounding the nail (sulcus). It starts to swell and becomes infected resulting in a sharp, throbbing pain. Severe cases are painful to the slightest touch of a bed-sheet. Milder cases hurt inside shoes only. Dangerous self-treatment usually involves using nail clippers, scissors, tweezers, pins and pliers. Unsuccessful attempts are then followed up on by the pedicurists who may unknowingly make it worse by introducing an infection. We always recommend approaching a foot doctor to find a treatment for ingrown toenails.

The good news is that it can be cured. A common ingrown toenail treatment we provide for our patients in Singapore is a 35-minute procedure called a partial nail avulsion with matrix phenolisation. This quick and easy surgery involves removing the damaged part of the root (matrix) so that it never grows back again. That results in a beautifully reshaped nail that is about 3mm narrower in width than before. Have a look at the video below to see the main part of an ingrown toenail surgery. The procedure is clean and neat and performed under anaesthesia. If you are a sensitive viewer then we suggest not watching it.

Alternatively, one could opt for the non-surgical (conservative) method of removing the ingrown portion every time when it grows back as shown below. On average, this portion of the nail would have to be removed every month. It is considered to be conservative because no local anaesthesia is used. It takes less than one minute to remove the ingrown toenail this way.

We advise visiting a foot doctor to find a cure for your ingrown toenails because treatments such as over-the-counter ointments to apply or nail softeners do not work. Antibiotics will treat the secondary infection but will not address the ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails - spike removal

Ingrown Toenails Spike Removal – Conservative Treatment

Seek ingrown toenail treatment from our podiatrists in Singapore

Treatments such as over-the-counter ointments to apply or nail softeners do not work. Antibiotics will treat the secondary infection but will not address the ingrown toenail.

If your ingrown toenail is becoming a problem for you, visit us for an evaluation and a discussion on what treatment – whether surgery or a conservative option – is best for you. You may reach us at +65 6464 8654. You can also book an appointment at our family podiatry clinic in Malaysia – ring us at +603 7710 5244.

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