Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails occur when the edges of the nail grow into the skin surrounding the nails. It’s one of the most commonly seen nail conditions in a podiatry clinic.

Patients often present with painful toe(s) with swelling around the affected nails, redness, pus or even an abscess.

Causes:

  • Pressure from ill-fitting footwear
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Trauma on the toe
  • Fungal nail infection
  • Abnormal shaping of the nail plate – flat, wide, curled, pincer-like
  • Any disease that cause an abnormal nail plate (i.e. psoriasis)

​Treatment options:

  1. Remove the offending nail spicule (procedure to be carried out by a podiatrist with sterile instruments)
  2. Footwear changes – good fitting shoes with wide and deep toe box is recommended to prevent excessive pressure on the toes
  3. Proper nail trimming technique – cut your nails straight across and keep the nails at moderate length (not too long or too short)
  4. Nail surgery – permanently removing the offending portion of the nail with an in-office, minimally invasive surgical procedure is recommended for recurrent cases.

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We are committed to solving the problem rather than offering a quick fix. In addition to treatment we’ll provide advice on how you can make small adjustments to reduce your pain, minimise the risk of injury and improve your quality of life.