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Ingrowing Toenail

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.

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
  • bleeding
  • white or yellow pus coming from the affected area
Ingrowing Toenail

Causes of an Ingrowing Toenail

A number of things can cause an ingrowing toenail to develop:

  • 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

Treating an Ingrowing Toenail

Without treatment, the toe can become infected, or; if already infected can spread into the toe or foot. It is important that you are seen by a Podiatrist.

It is likely that you may need antibiotics and an operation to resolve the problem.

Why Choose East Devon Podiatry for an Ingrowing Toenail?

You may have to wait months to be seen for ingrowing toenail treatment on the NHS and longer for surgery.

We aim to offer patients an appointment for assessment within a few days. However, we are currently extremely busy so our waiting times have increased. We can provide you with contact details for other private podiatrists in the area who may be able to see you earlier if you need to be seen urgently.