Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition, where the nail grows into the skin.

The condition can become chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection.

Ingrown toenails can develop in several ways:

  • direct trauma such as knocking your toe or dropping something on your toe
  • repetitive trauma such as playing sport or running in badly-fitting shoes
  • cutting your toenails incorrectly
  • a genetic problem, which may mean that your nails are the wrong size and/or shape
  • a fungal infection causing thickening and changes to the shape of your nail.

If your toe is inflamed, swollen and painful, your condition probably won't be resolved without professional treatment.

For less-serious conditions, we will remove part of your nail with a minor procedure at our clinic, flush the area with antiseptic, dress your toe, and refer you to your GP if antibiotics are required.

Antibiotics rarely work on their own. The nail spike, which is causing the problem, has to be removed first.

If you have a stubborn ingrown nail, we can perform minor surgery to permanently correct the problem. We administer a local anaesthetic and remove part of your nail permanently.

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