Ingrown toenails are a common problem that can cause pain and discomfort. All toes can become ingrown but most commonly the big toenails are more frequently seen.
An ingrown toenail occurs when one side of the nail curls down and grows into the nail sulci (side of the nail bed). This can often happen from poor nail cutting technique, trauma to the toe, tight fitting footwear, picking the toenails, sweaty feet making it easier for nails to dig in and also very involuted (curled over) and fan shaped nails.
Ingrown toenails if left untreated, often become infected and can produce hypergranulation tissue (overgrowth of blood vessels/ proud flesh), causing them to take longer to heal.. Most cases will require conservative treatment, while others may need a minor surgical correction which can be conducted in your podiatrist’s rooms using a local anaesthetic.
This can be performed by our podiatrist in the practice under local anaesthetic. We will discuss with you the best treatment for you regarding whether a Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) or Total Nail Avulsion (TNA) needs to be performed.