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Jonathan Nicholls B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Ch.S., Dip.Podiatric Medicine

& Associates H.P.C Registered Chiropodists & Podiatrists

23 Bransford Road, Worcester. WR2 4EW.

Ingrowing Toe Nails

In the early stages of an ingrowing toe nail there will be some discomfort along the edge of the nail which may be inflamed and can become infected the longer the nail “digs” into the surrounding flesh.  At this early stage the nail can be treated simply by professionally trimming back the offending edge of the nail.  If the problem is more established this can be done using a local anaesthetic in the foot, to numb the area prior to treatment.


Antibiotics can be issued from the surgery if necessary.

Symtoms of Ingrowing Toe Nails

  • Pain and soreness along one or both sides of your nail

  • Redness and swelling around the affected nail

  • Infection in the area of the nail.  You may also see some pus or redness.

Common Causes of Ingrowing Toe Nails

  • Injury to your toe, common in sports such as football, rugby, rock climbing etc.

  • Having unusually curved toe nails (sometimes called involuted toe nails)

  • Tight pointed footwear.

  • Familial history

  • Cutting your nails too short or not straight across.

  • Excessive sweating on the foot, common in adolescents and young males.

Here at the surgery we offer a permanent cure for ingrowing toe nails when the problem has become well established.


A Partial Nail Ablation is undertaken.  This is a minor procedure done using a local anaesthetic to numb the area so the procedure will be pain free.


The toe will be dressed at the surgery and you will be asked to return, usually in 2 or 3 days time to re-dress the nail and make sure everything is healing up well.  


At this practice we carry out this procedure on a very frequent basis and have unrivalled experience in this field.

Permanent Treatment for Ingrowing Toe Nails

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