Ingrown toenail


If you or your child's ingrown toenail isn't getting better, we can help to treat it

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About ingrown toenails

An ingrown toenail happens when the side of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, leaving it red and swollen. Ingrown toenails can happen for a number of reasons, from wearing tight shoes to sweaty feet as well as poor nail cutting techniques. If your symptoms don't improve, following simple changes we can help.

Need to know

Ingrown toenails are quite common, especially in teens and young adults. You or your child's symptoms might include:

  • pain when pressure is placed on the affected toe
  • swollen skin around the affected toe
  • build-up of fluid surrounding the toe
  • overgrowth of skin around the toe
  • pus from the affected area

Your GP, foot and ankle specialist (an orthopaedic surgeon) or podiatrist (foot care specialist) will discuss your symptoms with you and examine your or your child's affected toe.

Making simple changes, like changing your or your child's footwear or cutting your or their nails properly, may help to relieve the symptoms. If the ingrown toenail isn't getting better, your GP, foot and ankle specialist (orthopaedic surgeon) or podiatrist may recommend surgery. This might include removing part of your toenail (partial nail avulsion) or removing your whole toenail (total nail avulsion).

Our locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.