Although more likely to be seen by a podiatrist, ingrown toenails will present to a chiropractor or physiotherapist and simple recommendations are usually effective to prevent and relieve symptoms. If not, referral to podiatrist is necessary. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), use evidence based clinical guidelines with all recommendation for both athletic population and the general public.
Causes of an ingrown toenail
The most common causes of an ingrown toe nail are unsuitable footwear and poor nail cutting. Both ultimately lead to the nail not growing as it should and an ingrown toenail results. Athletes such as cyclists who wear improper footwear can get this from time to time too. This relates to unsuitable footwear as stated above.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail
If you have an ingorwn toenail the changes are you already know. Ingrown toenails are generally rather obvious. Pain and tenderness if often felt in the toe when it has an ingrown toenail. Redness and swelling will be visible in the area where the nail has grown inwards. If left untreated with symptoms getting worse, infection is possible.
Treatment of an ingrown toenail
When it comes to ingrown toenails, our chiropractors and physiotherapists will tell you prevention is better than cure. To prevent, cut nails straight across the toenail and not too close to the corners. Do not try to cut out the ingrown toenail. If the toenail is infected, our chiropractors and physiotherapists will send you to your GP. For those with co-morbidities (other problems) such as diabetes we will send you to your GP straight away as this can develop into something more serious.
Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a chiropractic and physiotherapy centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why, Sydney. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists treat foot and ankle pain and dysfunction with evidence-based treatments that are based on the latest clinical research.