Ingrowing toenails are a fairly common foot condition, affecting a large number of people every year. If you’ve ever had an ingrowing toenail then you will know all too well how painful and uncomfortable they can be.
An ingrowing toenail doesn’t only affect you when you’re up on your feet, they can also be painful at night due to the pressure of toenails and blankets on the effected toe.
What Causes An Ingrowing Toenail?
Ingrowing toenails can result from a wide variety of lifestyle and genetic factors. Footwear can be a large contributing factor for an ingrowing toenail. For example, any shoes which apply pressure on your toenail such as heels or pointy shoes can influence the toenail to grow inwards.
The way in which people cut their toenails can also influence the incidences of an ingrowing toenail.
Genetic factors include people who have a genetic disposition for unusually curved toenails and toe deformities.
Bad news is that up until recently, people suffering with an ingrowing toenail had to essentially suffer in silence as mainstream treatments (no medical intervention) weren’t available up until now…
Available Ingrown Toenail Treatments
As of 2017, Scholl (one of the UK’s leading Footcare brands) have introduced the first consumer ingrowing toenail treatment available from UK pharmacies such as Boots, and health stores. The Scholl Ingrowing Toenail Complete Clip and Spray kit. This new product now allows people suffering from the condition to treat an ingrowing toenail in the comfort of their own home.
As outlined previously, all ingrowing toenail treatments were either home remedies with no clinical claims or evidence of them actually working, or either required severe medical intervention, a much more invasive procedure.
The latest innovation from Scholl is essentially a kit than enables you to treat an ingrowing toenail at home, with all the equipment you need to do it. A cooling spray to cool the affected area and a toenail straightening clip which aids the toenail to grow straight again and not into the skin of the surrounding area.
How to use the Scholl Ingrowing Toenail Treatment Kit:
- Step 1 – Spray the nail and the surrounding area for temporary cooling relief, applying when needed, up to 5 times a day, leaving an hour between treating the inflamed area.
- Step 2 – Apply one of the clips to the affected toenail (10 clips are given in each pack), however, the toenail has to have 2mm of growth. Leave the clip on the ingrowing toenail for 1 week before applying a new clip.
The product can take up to 6 weeks to relieve painful symptoms due to the growth rate of the nail – the clips encourage the nail to grow away from the skin surrounding the toenail.