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    How can ingrown toenails be prevented?

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    Andrew Scown

    Podiatrist (General)

    Heel pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, knee pain, shin splints, ingrown toenails, flat feet, children's feet - at The Foot Group we treat it all! … View Profile

    Painless removal of the nail spike may be possible in early cases, our treatment involves cutting nails correctly to discourage ingrown nails and we recommend avoiding overly tight footwear. If an infection is present, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed on referral to your doctor.

    In cases which fail to respond to conservative treatment a minor surgical procedure may be needed. This involves numbing the toe and removing a corner or border of the nail. This simple procedure is performed in our consulting rooms and is a permanent solution to chronic, painful ingrown toenails.

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