Ingrown toenails occur when a spike or a shoulder of nail penetrates the soft tissues down the side of the nail. The skin around the nail will typically become red and swollen and will feel extremely painful to touch. Pus may be present and depending on the degree of infection antibiotics may be needed.
We at Gold Standard would not advise self-treatment of ingrown toenails as in our experience this often increases the need for nail surgery. Equally if you have diabetes or any other form of underlying medical condition which affects your immunity or you have poor circulation to the foot, you should see urgent attention from the podiatrist and or GP.
Ingrown toe nails can be treated at Gold Standard, if the ingrowing toe nail isn’t too severe it can be conservatively managed by a podiatrist who will be able to remove the spike of nail that is ingrown.
If it is quite severe you may require a surgical procedure to remove either part of the nail, or the whole nail to prevent the ingrown toe nail from reoccurring. The surgical procedure is called a partial or total nail avulsion and can be performed at any of our clinics.