Ingrown toenails are much more common than you might think and impact people of all ages. The condition is more commonly seen in athletes and teenagers (especially boys). The pain can begin as quite mild in the early stages but can quickly progress to intense levels if the impacted toenail becomes infected though lack of treatment. This pain level can even prohibit simple tasks such as walking, wearing enclosed shoes or joining in with sports.
What are Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails (medically referred to as onychocrytosis) are a common foot issue that we see regularly coming into the clinic at Northern Rivers Podiatry. Ingrown toenails can occur on any toe but typically present on the big toe when the edge of the nail begins to grow into the skin. This can cause a break in the skin which can lead to tenderness, soreness, redness, bleeding, inflammation, pain, pus, and even a serious infection if left untreated.
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