An ingrowing toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The skin becomes red, swollen and tender. Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too.
The medical name for an ingrowing toenail is onychocryptosis. The most common causes include: incorrectly cut toenails, ill fitting shoes, excessive sweating, trauma, nail infections and certain shapes of the nail plate.
There are several non surgical treatments for mild ingrowing toe-nails. However, in more severe cases surgery is often required to offer an effective and permanent solution. This may involve a partial or total nail removal. Performed under local anaesthetic, it is a relatively quick & painless procedure. Two to three re-dressings will be provided for the after-care healing process.