Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a painful condition where the sharp corner of the nail grows into the skin causing it to dig into the flesh around the nail.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include;

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Abscess

There are many reasons why an ingrown toenail forms but the most common are;

  • Tightly fitting shoes
  • High heels
  • Improper trimming of the nail (too short or down the sides)
  • Injury or trauma close to the nail
  • The natural structure of nail growth

Ingrown Toenail before and after surgery

How we treat ingrown toenails

Depending on how severe the ingrown nail is we can offer a range of treatments to suit you.

If your ingrown toenail is able to be treated with conservative methods our trained podiatrist will remove a small sliver of the nail from the edge to create a gap. This will allow the nail to grow straight and not into the skin next to it.

If conservative measures are not possible or have failed in the past we can offer a more permanent solution. Before the procedure commences our podiatrist will numb the toe to ensure you experience a pain free surgery. Once the toe is numb a small section of the toenail from the side will be removed, a chemical is then applied to the root of the nail to prevent any nail regrowth in this small section, therefore preventing further ingrown toenails.

Following the procedure

As both procedures do not require any cutting of the surrounding skin you will generally have a short recovery time and are able to return to normal activity within 24 hours.

You will be required to wear wide shoes or sandals home as your toe will be dressed following the procedure.

Specific dressing and care instructions will be provided by your podiatrist following the surgery.

If you suspect you may have an ingrown toenail come in and visit the team to find the best solution for you.

For more information visit:

Australian Podiatry Association, Ingrown Toenails