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Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail curls in, down the medial or lateral border of the nail or a sharp edge or spike may be growing into the nail sulcus.

The cause of an ingrown toenail can be familial or congenital whereby the nail is simply too large for the toe. An ingrown toenail can also be caused by a poor cutting regime, biomechanical problems or even a trauma such as stubbing the toe or someone stepping on the toe. The most common cause of an ingrown toenail is improper trimming of the nail or shoes which are improperly fitted and too tight. 

Treatment can be either surgical (removal of partial/total nail under local anaesthetic) or if possible, conservative with some form of foot aid and expert nail reduction. 

nail surgery on ingrown toenail
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Why have your Ingrown Toenail treated at Perfect Skin Solutions?

This is where the level of surgical skill matters most, and you can be assured of being in the very best of hands with our podiatrist who has helped many patients with their ingrown toenails, with a welcoming smile and attention to detail, patients are always happy to have found Perfect Skin Solutions, where they can be looked after. You will always have any treatment or procedure fully explained to you without any pressure and the time to ask any questions you may have.

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Ingrown Toenail


Ingrown toenails can occur from cutting your toenails incorrectly, wearing shoes that are too small and put pressure on your toes, foot injury and there are some sports like football that cause repetitive pressure which also causes damage and ingrown nails.

Ingrown toenails can be very painful, within the first few stages you may experience the skin next to your nail becoming harder, potentially swelling and fluid build up, if any pressure is applied in the area it will be painful.