The big toe is often affected, either on one or both sides. Other symptoms include:
A number of things can cause an ingrown toenail to develop, including:
Conservative treatment includes cutting back the affected portion of nail. However, if it is an ongoing problem and causes pain and infection, nail surgery may be recommended. This is very effective and commonly performed for problematic ingrown toenails. A local anaesthetic is used to numb your toe, and the edges of your toenail (or in some cases, all of the toenail) are removed. A chemical called phenol is applied to the affected area to prevent the nail growing back and becoming ingrown in the future.
If you think you may have an ingrown toenail, contact us for a consultation.