What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails occur when the side of the nail grows into the skin around it, causes pain, tenderness & swelling. 

Ingrown toenails may also become infected. They are very common and can occur in any toe. The big toe is most commonly affected.


What causes ingrown toenails?

  • Toenails with naturally curved edges or that are fan-shaped, this is usually genetic

  • Following injury to your toe, e.g. stubbing it

  • Tight shoes or socks that crowd your toes, putting pressure on your toenails

  • Incorrect cutting of toenails

How do Foot Faults Podiatrists treat Ingrown Toenails?

Our Podiatrists uses a narrow tool to trim off the small edge of nail that is ingrown. This procedure is not usually painful and can often be performed without local anaesthetic.

This simple, effective treatment is offered during your appointment at no extra cost, and usually provides immediate pain relief.

Its important to note that, as the ingrown portion of nail can regrow, it is not guaranteed to be a permanent fix.

What is Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

For clients suffering from recurrent ingrown toenails, ingrown toenail surgery may be recommended to permanently treat the issue. To find out more about this minor surgical procedure click below.


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