Ingrowing Toenails

At Performance Podiatry we love Ingrown Toenails!

Ingrowing or “ingrown” toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin.

Ingrown toenails can be caused by:

  • incorrect nail cutting
  • ill-fitting footwear
  • direct trauma
  • or it may be a genetic predisposition causing the nail to grow too thick, wide or curved (involuted).

If an ingrowing toenail is painful, inflamed and/or infected, it will usually not subside without professional treatment.


Treatment of the toenail does not need to be painful.

A wedge or spicule of nail can be cut back with or without anaesthetic and will provide instant relief from the pain.

You may be advised to seek antibiotics through your GP or to return at certain intervals to retrain the nail to grow trouble-free.

After all conservative efforts have been made, it may be time to consider Nail Surgery. This is a simple procedure that can be easily explained and quoted for by the podiatrist. Most private health insurers cover Nail Surgery, also known as a Partial Nail Avulsion.

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