Ingrown toenails: The role of the GP

Alan Bryant, Andrew Knox

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    Abstract

    Background: An ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis may occur at any age and is the mostly commonly encountered toenail problem likely to be seen in general practice.1-3 Objective: This article will discuss the common surgical approaches available for the management of an ingrown toenail. Discussion: Ingrown toenail can be a painful condition that can become infected and may require surgical treatment. The epidemiology of onychocryptosis is difficult to determine as it is often considered to be a minor medical problem and as such has been somewhat neglected in the literature. The few studies that have been conducted suggest a slightly higher male-tofemale ratio, particularly in the 14-25 age group,4 but it can affect patients of any age. There are multiple reasons why an ingrown toenail will develop, including improper nail cutting technique, tight-fitting footwear, trauma, anatomical factors such as thickening of the nail plate, pincer-shaped toenail, pressure from abutting digits caused by hallux valgus or lesser toe deformities, the presence of a subungual exostosis and, occasionally, the use of isotretinoin in the treatment of severe acne5-7.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)102-105
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume44
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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