Ingrown Toe Nails

Posted on 12th May 2014 | Common Foot Problems

What are ingrown toe nails?

  • INGROWN TOE NAILS occur when a nail splinter pierces the surrounding skin.


  • Badly cut toenails
  • Tight-fitting  footwear
  • Excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
  • Trauma
  • Nail infections
  • Natural shape of the toenail


The symptoms of an ingrown toenail will vary depending on how severe it is.

  • Inflammation of the skin at the end of the toe
  • Pain if pressure is placed on the toe
  • Red skin in the affected area
  • A build-up of fluid in the area surrounding the toe

If not treated then the following symptoms can occur.

  • A build-up of fluid in the area surrounding the toe
  • White or yellow coloured pus coming from the affected area
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the toe
  • Severe pain, redness and inflammation
  • An overgrowth of skin around the affected toe (hypertrophy)
  • Severe infection of the toe


  • The offending spur of nail will need to be removed with the toe dressed appropriately.
  • An antibiotics may need to be prescribed
  • For stubborn chronic ingrown toe nail partial or full nail avulsion (surgery) maybe required