Ingrown toenails are caused by a piece of nail growing into the flesh of the toe. They are extremely painful as it feels like a pin is stuck in the flesh. The nail continues to grow and the toe eventually responds with redness, heat and swelling. Bleeding and infection can follow. An ingrown toenail does not cure itself and will only worsen with time.
Ingrown toenails can be due to poor nail cutting, poking down the side of the nail, picking the nail, tight footwear and sport.
In minor cases where there is no infection a podiatrist can remove the offending piece of nail quite easily. In more severe cases nail surgery will be required to remove either a piece of the nail or the whole nail and a chemical is applied to the nail bed to stop the nail growing back. This can be performed by a HCPC Registered Podiatrist in an NHS Community Clinic who will also provide advice on appropriate nail care.
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