Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh around the nail. This common condition can cause pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe but can also affect the lesser toes. They are often the result of poor cutting techniques, picking of the toenail, trauma to the toenail, or ill-fitting footwear. Abnormal biomechanics can also cause more pressure on the toenail resulting in deformity and the nail digging into the skin. Our podiatrist can provide advice and recommend a comprehensive treatment plan to address all of these issues which may be causing your ingrown toenails.
Complications of ingrown toenails can cause the pain to be severe or spreading, and may alter the way you walk and what shoes you can wear, impacting on your lifestyle and activities. Ingrown toenails need to be addressed by our skilled podiatrists as soon as possible to prevent infection and to keep you walking comfortably and wearing your footwear pain free.
If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails.