Ingrown Toenails

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Home Treatments include:

  • Saltwater bathing
  • Betadine ointment with a sterile dressing to minimise risk of infection
  • Avoid cutting nails

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin next to the nail. The most common toe for this to occur on is the big toe.

Many things can cause an ingrown toenail, including:

  • cutting toenails incorrectly (cut straight across, since angling the sides of the nail can encourage the nail to grow into the skin.)
  • irregular, curved toenails
  • footwear that places a lot of pressure on the big toes, such as socks that are too tight or shoes that are too tight or narrow for your feet
  • toenail injury, including stubbing your toe, dropping something heavy on your foot
  • improper foot hygiene, such as not keeping your feet clean or dry
  • genetic predisposition
 

Depending on severity, we offer various treatment types to best suit you. If the in-growing nail causes mild pain and is a new condition, conservative treatment involving toenail trimming and ensuring the nail edge is smooth usually works effectively.

However, if your toenail has pierced the skin, or there is any sign of infection, seek medical treatment. Signs of infection include:

  • warmth
  • pus/discharge
  • redness and swelling
 
In addition, if your symptoms persist in the future, our team can provide a simple procedure using local anaesthetic (either a Total Nail Avulsion or Partial Nail Avulsion) to remove the in-growing nail portion.

The risk of complications of in-growing nails is higher if you have diabetes or other conditions that cause poor circulation.