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Symptoms may include redness and swelling and pain when pressure is applied to your toe.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown nails can be caused by:

  • Injury to the nail
  • An infection under the nail
  • Excessive sweating
  • Poor hygiene
  • Incorrectly cut toenails
  • Tight shoes or socks

Treatment for ingrowing toenails

If your ingrowing toenail symptoms are minor you may be able to treat yourself:

  • Keep the area clean.
  • Always trim your toenails straight across so the edges of your nail cannot dig into the surrounding skin.
  • Wear shoes and socks that are comfortable and allow your toes to move.
  • Ease the skin away from the nail using a cotton bud. Softening the skin with a bit of olive oil may make this easier.
  • Take over the counter pain relief such as Paracetamol if needed.

If conservative treatment is not successful your GP or consultant may recommend partial or total nail removal.

What happens during ingrown toenail surgery?

Surgery for ingrown toenails is usually performed under local anaesthetic. The edge of your toenail will be cut away making it narrower and giving it a straight edge. An antibiotic solution may be painted on your nail to control infection. If your nail is infected you may need to take a course of antibiotics.

In some cases they may need to remove your entire toenail. You will have an indented space on your toe where the nail once grew.

After your nail removal they will wrap your toe in a large dressing to control any bleeding and prevent infection. Rest and keep your foot elevated for the first few days after your surgery.

Take over the counter pain relief such as Paracetamol to control any pain. Wear sandals or soft shoes to keep the pressure off your toe. You should be able to remove the dressing after 2 days.

Discuss any return to work with your consultant or GP.

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Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Meeting standards
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
Overall rating Good
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
Overall rating Good
Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
Overall rating Good
Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
Overall rating Good
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
Overall rating Good
York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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