Why choose The Hartland Podiatry Clinic for Ingrowing Toenail Treatment?
You may have to wait up to 18 weeks to be seen for ingrowing toenail treatment on the NHS and longer for surgery.
We will aim to offer patients an appointment within a few days to see one of our Specialist Podiatrists. Following that consultation if surgery is required we can operate within days.
Please contact us on 01235 798313 and one our team will be pleased to make you an appointment.
What is an ingrowing toenail?
An ingrowing toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The nail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen, and tender which can become infected.
The big toe is often affected, either on one or both sides. Other possible symptoms include:
- Pain if pressure is placed on the toe
- Inflammation of the skin at the end of the toe
- A build-up of fluid in the area surrounding the toe
- An overgrowth of skin around the affected toe
- White or yellow pus coming from the affected area
What causes an ingrowing toenail?
A number of things can cause an ingrowing toenail to develop, including:
- Badly cut toenails – cutting your toenails too short, or cutting the edges, will encourage the skin to fold over your nail and the nail to grow into the skin
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights – this places pressure on the skin around your toenail; the skin may be pierced if it’s pressed on to your toenail
- Sweaty feet – if the skin around your toenails is soft, it’s easier for your nail to pierce it and embed itself within it
- Injury – for example, stubbing your toe can sometimes cause an ingrowing toenail to develop
- Natural shape of the nail – the sides of curved or fan-shaped toenails are more likely to press into the skin surrounding the nail
What are the risks if the condition is left untreated?
An ingrowing toenail will not resolve without treatment. The toe can become very badly infected and the infection could spread to other parts of the skin on the foot or in extreme cases into the bone. If left the condition has the potential to make you unwell.
How is an ingrowing nail treated?
If you think you have an ingrowing toenail you should seek to consult a Podiatrist as soon as possible.
It is highly likely that you will require a minor operation to resolve the problem and possibly a course of antibiotics to clear up any infection.
Our Podiatrists are surgically trained to perform these procedures under local anaesthetic.