Ingrown Toe Nail Operation

Ingrown Toe Nail Treatments & Surgical Options

Ingrown toenails develop when the sides of the nail cut and pierce into the surrounding skin. This can cause pain, redness, swelling and possibly an infection.

Common causes of an ingrown can include damage to the nail following a sports injury, an object dropping on the nail or alternatively inappropriate cutting of the nail.

Signs of an infection may include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • A hot sensation in the area
  • Pus
  • Bad odour

If you do suspect an infection, or pain does not settle after a few days, then arrange an appointment with your specialist as soon as possible.

Treatments may include:

Conservative Cut Back

If the issue is not too severe or infected, then your specialist may just need to cut or trim the nail. This can stop the nail from pushing into your skin and subsequently reduce pain, swelling and reduce the risk of an infection. A procedure may be advised at a later stage, especially if the ingrown nail is a recurrent problem.


If the area is infected then your specialist may provide you with antibiotics, typically this is taken for one week. If symptoms persist following, then a procedure may be suggested.

Surgical Options

If you have a persistent ingrown toenail then your specialist may advise on a nail surgery procedure. Please click here to find out more.