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Ingrowing toenail

An ingrowing toenail is a common problem where the nail grows into and pierces the flesh of the toe, usually at the side or corners of the nail.  It usually affects the big toe but can be a problem that affects any of your toes. Unfortunately if not treated it can become increasingly painful and a cause of infection

Signs that you may have an ingrowing toenail include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pus

If you notice signs of an ingrowing toenail you should make an appointment for Routine Podiatry as soon as possible.

As part of your routine Routine Podiatry treatment your Podiatrist will often successfully manage the cause of your pain and make you more comfortable.  Unfortunately for many people this is only a temporary solution and will usually require treatment every 6 to 8 weeks or so if it is recurrent problem.

If an ingrowing toenail is particularly severe, causing ongoing problems and can not be managed with conservative treatment, you may wish to consider Nail Surgery.  This is a small surgical procedure carried out with local anaesthetic.  Either the a section of the nail or the whole nail will be removed and the root treated to prevent regrowth.


See also:

Routine podiatry

Local anaesthetic and nail surgery