Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is when the nail is curved downward and grows into the skin, usually at the sides of the nail.

An ingrown toenail is when the nail is curved downward and grows into the skin, usually at the sides of the nail. This digging in of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection, which can lead to exudate draining from the area.

An ingrown toenail can be the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe.



Treatment of Ingrown Toenails
Home care:
Home treatment is strongly discouraged if you suspect you have an infection, or if you have a
medical condition that puts your feet at high risk, for example diabetes, nerve damage in the foot,
or poor circulation.
Podiatry care of Ingrown Toenails:
The Podiatrist will examine your toe and select the treatment best suited for you.




Treatment may include:

  • A light trim of the nail edge to relieve the pressure in the sulcus . This is successful for most ingrowing ails where there is no infection.
  • Oral antibiotics. If an infection is present, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed on referral to your doctor.
  • Surgery. A simple procedure performed in the clinic and is commonly needed to ease the pain and remove the offending nail. This treatment prevents the recurrence of an ingrown toenail. The Podiatrist will determine the most appropriate procedure for you and explain why.