What is an ingrown toe nail?
An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin instead of over it. The signs of an ingrown toenail are redness, swelling, tender to touch, pain when wearing shoes and infection which may drain pus.
Who can get an ingrown toenail?
Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but adults get them more often than children.
How do ingrown toenails occur?
An ingrown toenail can occur a number of different ways. These include:
Cutting your toenail too short or rounding the edge of the nail too much.
Picking your toenails causing a small piece of the jagged edge to grow into your skin.
Tight footwear pressing the nail into the skin.
Sport activity such as football, soccer or netball where an opponent can step with their full weight onto your toenails.
How our Podiatrists can help?
There are a number of different ways ingrown toenails can be treated. Our treatments vary from trimming the ingrown toenail to give you instant relief, through to minor surgery to prevent the ingrown toenail from re-occurring (done under local anaesthetic).