An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edge of a toenail grows into the soft flesh of the toe, causing pain and inflammation. The big toe is most commonly affected, but any toenail can become ingrown. Symptoms may include redness, pain, and swelling around the affected toe. In severe cases, infection may occur.
What can cause an ingrown toenail?
- Family History
- Involuted (Curved) Nails
- Tight shoes
- Improperly trimmed nails
- Nail Picking
- Poor Hygiene
In the first instance we will remove the offending nail section and drain the infection. This will provide instant pain relief. Sometimes however with severe cases our Podiatrists may be required to perform a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic and permanently remove part of the nail (Partial Nail Avulsion).