What are ingrown toe nails?

Ingrown toe nails are a common cause of pain, disability and absence from work or activity. They develop when a small spicule of nail penetrates that nail sulcus leading to pain, swelling and secondary infection.

Signs and Symptoms
• Sharp pain and on pressure
• Pain with walking or when wearing shoes
• Toe appears red and swollen
• Some hypergranulation tissue may be present

Home remedies such as foot soaking, cutting back the corners or cutting a 'V' in the nail are not successful in treating ingrown toe nails. Professional Podiatric intervention is required.


Conservative treatment is easily performed in our clinic. This involves treating the toe by slowly removing the ingrowing portion of nail using sterilised instruments. In some cases, local anesthesia may be applied to assist with treatment. Your toe will then be dressed appropriately to prevent infection and regrowth.

Nail Surgery

Another service we offer at WTW Podiatry is Nail Surgery, which provides a permanent solution to severe acute and chronic ingrown toe nails. Nail surgery is usually performed when an ingrown nail is in advanced stages or when long term conservative treatment is not successful.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and involves removing the ingrowing portion of nail permanently. In some conditions, the whole nail may be removed permanently.

Nail surgery is shown to have high levels of patient satisfaction and very low regrowth rates when performed by Podiatrists.