ingrown toenail treatment

Footfriend - Ingrowing Toenail Treatment

Sometimes referred to as Onychocryptosis, ingrowing toenails can become painful if left untreated. Make an appointment with our chiropodists today.

Diagnosis & Symptoms

This painful problem is diagnosed through careful professional examination in clinic.

With a true ingrowing toenail, the nail pierces the flesh and becomes embedded in it. These same symptoms can be experienced if your nail is excessively curved (involuted). An involuted nail can progress to become an ingrowing nail as it gets longer.

Pain not associated to injury is the earliest symptom of an ingrowing toenail. You will eventually be restricted to your roomiest or opened toed shoes due to the pain, as it can be very intense. Sufferers also typically report they cannot even bear the weight of their duvet in bed on the toe affected.

If the nail pierces the flesh near the tip of your toe a pus filled blister may develop. This can be visible as a greenish yellow area immediately adjacent to the nail. The toe may also get red, hot and swollen.

Sometimes hypergranulation tissue forms down the side of the nail. This is where the nail has pierced the skin and your body tries to heal the pierced area producing extra tissue which is usually reddish and wet. It can weep and sometimes bleeds if disturbed.

Typical Causes

Ingrowing toenails are often due to poor nail cutting.

They may also develop due to trauma at the site – either a single incident or due to repeated trauma such as playing football or repeated pressure from a tight shoe.

They can often appear to develop spontaneously which may happen if the nail is very wide or excessively curved (involuted).

Picking at nails or pulling skin down the side of the nail can also lead to an ingrowing toenail.

Types of Ingrowing Toenail Treatment

If caught very early a simple clinic appointment can solve this problem.

If not caught early enough, nail surgery using local anaesthetic is the only answer to this painful problem.

How we can help

Ingrowing toenails are best solved with immediate professional treatment in clinic – so book an appointment as soon as possible. If the problem has progressed too far, we can advise you about nail surgery and assess your suitability for this procedure at this initial appointment. We will then arrange your nail surgery appointment as soon as possible at a time and date to suit you. We look forward to seeing you at our Beverley Clinic; serving Beverley, Hull and surrounding villages.

Patient Stories

I first visited Footfriend eight years ago when I needed urgent attention for an ingrowing toenail, which was so bad, it was constantly bleeding. I received an emergency same day appointment and received attention, which gave me immense pain relief. I returned a few days later and on removal of the dressing all was back to normal. I now visit Footfriend every six weeks for continued professional maintenance of my feet, which I have never regretted. During all these years I have a couple of toes which from time to time ingrow and create discomfort but because of having the regular attention Damian is excellent in knowing my problems and treating them accordingly. Regular attention to my feet certainly works for me and I wouldn’t go without it and I recommend Footfriend extremely highly to anyone who encounters similar problems or just requires simple foot maintenance. Its well worth it.”

B.Valentine, Beverley

Isn’t it time you treated your feet?

“I have been a client with Damian for a number of years. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and visit every eight weeks, Damian takes very good care of my feet, and keeps me up to date with information on the care of my feet, including ill fitting shoes. I would recommend him to all of my friends.”

K. Johnson, Hull

“My feet always feel smooth as silk after visiting Footfriend”

Mrs Hatfield of Leconfield

“Very experienced. Will definitely be going back.”

Diane Ayre

“Toes all fine! Thank for a first class job.”

Mr.Hazell of Shiptonthorpe

“That feels lovely, it’s like walking on air.”

Mrs Cooper of South Cave

“I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years . During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class . As I get older , I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.”

John Bullock, Beverley

“Since childhood I have suffered from foot problems and have been to several chiropodists with varying degrees of success. When my last chiropodist retired he recommended Damian Johns in Beverley. My wife and I have now been patients of Damian for over 10 years and we are very pleased with him. His practice provides a wide range of foot care including excellent footwear, foot supports and referrals for further specialized foot treatment. The reception staff are very welcoming and are able to offer appointments to suit patients lifestyle. I would recommend anyone with foot concerns to consult Damian for help and advice.”

B. Precious, Cottingham

“Can I just thank you & Vicky for being so nice today at my Mother's appointment. She was 'over the moon' with the service she received & even went shopping in Beverley & bought some new shoes! Thanks again, we will be back.”

Trudy Sinclair

“Damian and Vicky are fantastic and sorted out my very painful foot. I've used their services for quite some time and they never disappoint. The ladies at Reception are fab too and we always have a laugh. Highly recommended.”

Maria Bertocco

“I just wanted to say thank you for the competent and friendly treatment I received on Thursday last week. My feet haven't felt so comfortable in ages and the squidgy thing for between my toes is really very comfortable and will hopefully keep the corns at bay. It shouldn't be a surprise but it's amazing how much happier I feel with less painful and uncomfortable feet! Thanks once again.”

Gill Morrell, Skidby