A common problem for our patients is ingrown or ingrowing toenails.  We can offer corrective surgery for advanced cases but usually try to work with you to find other, less invasive, options where possible.

What is an ingrowing toenail?

Basically it is where the toenail (most commonly on the big toe) begins growing into the surrounding skin.  Telltale signs can be red or swollen skin at the corners of the nail, pain in this area and, in more severe cases, bleeding.  Once the skin is broken the area can become prone to infection, causing pus to build up.

What causes ingrowing toenails?

Ingrowing toenails can result from broken or damaged nails, for example if you stub your toe or drop something heavy onto it.  They are also relatively common for runners or those in high impact sports where there is repeated pressure on the toenail from the front of the shoe.

To reduce the chance of suffering from this, toenails should be cut straight across, not rounded.  Tight footwear, or pressure on your toe can also contribute to ingrown toenails, which can often affect  footballers and rugby players.

What should I do if I have one?

Give us a call or book online to arrange an appointment!  Once we’ve seen your toe we’ll be able to advise on the best course of treatment.  This can depend upon a number of factors including the extent of the damage, your ability to minimise further pressure, and whether there are any signs of infection.  In the meantime though, just keep the area clean and try to avoid putting additional pressure on it.