Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or edges of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The nail curls and pierces the skin which causes it to become swollen, inflamed and painful. Other symptoms of ingrown toenails can include an overgrowth of skin, white or yellow pus oozing from the affected toe, bleeding and a build-up of fluid. 

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a number of factors which may be a result of how the toenail is cut; cutting the toenail at an angle or cutting toenails too short may cause the toenail to grow into the skin. Sweaty feet, wearing footwear that is too tight or trauma to the toe such as stubbing may also be contributing factors.


Ingrown toenails, which mostly occur on the big toe, are easily treated with a range of non-surgical and surgical options. If you have concerns about ingrown toenails contact a Podiatrist.

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