Ingrown Nails and Onychocryptosis



Photograph of an ingrown toenail

Onycryptosis or ingrown nails as they are more often called, commonly occur on the first toe and to a lesser extent on the small toes. Ingrown nails arise from a nail spike splitting from the nail plate and penetrating the surrounding nail sulcus. This will initially cause some discomfort however as the nail grows the spike is forced deeper into the nail sulcus which can cause a portal for infection.

Following infection of the nail sulcus, a tight, throbbing inflamed toe will result. The nail spike will itself cause the wound not to heal and granulation tissue will result.

In some severe cases the granulation tissue may cover almost the entire nail plate. The most common causes of ingrown nails are poor cutting technique, nail trauma, hyperhydrosis (sweaty feet), and poorly fitting footwear.

Treatment is aimed at correcting the most likely cause of the ingrown nail. Conservative trimming of the nail is usually tried to relieve the symptoms however if the ingrown nail is a recurrent problem a surgical wedge resection and matrix sterilization will be the best option for a permanent cure. This can be performed under local anesthetic in a day surgery situation.


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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm