Ingrowing Toenails



A toenail is said to be ingrowing when the side of the nail cuts into the surrounding skin. This usually affects the big toe but can also affect other toes. This condition can be very painful and the skin next to the nail can become infected, inflamed, or even overgrown around the nail.

It is not always obvious what causes a nail to become ingrown, although there are a number of factors that are known to trigger ingrown nails. Poorly cut nails, sweaty feet (from exercising), tight-fitting shoes and/or socks can all cause such nails.

If you have an ingrown toenail, our podiatrists can often treat this condition by skillfully removing the nail spike to give you relief from the discomfort. They will also give you advice to help prevent the reoccurrence.

Sometimes ingrowing toenails are best treated by nail surgery. Surgery is undertaken using a local anesthetic. Part of the nail is removed by cutting along the edge of the ingrown nail long ways a few millimeters. The exposed nail bed can be chemically treated to prevent another ingrown nail from growing. As the main part of the nail grows again, it will be slightly narrower.

Our podiatrists will advise you on treatment options.

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