Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe.
If the pain is severe or spreading, your Podiatrist can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid the complications of ingrown toenails. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications and should seek help.
Common causes of ingrowing toenails include wearing shoes that crowd your toenails, cutting them too short or not straight across, injuring your toenail or having unusually curved toenails.
We can advise on prevention, but if the nail does become a problem, our Podiatrists are experienced in management of the nail and if necessary, nail surgery and reconstruction.