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Ingrowing Toenail Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Date: Sep 20, 2022
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At Medineeds Health and Wellness Clinic we are often asked how our patients can look after their feet and prevent problens such as ingrowing toenail.

We unerstand that often people don't know the best way to cut their toenails, especially if they are thick or misshapen, what do's and don'ts there are, or when it is necessary to call on expert footcare advice and support.

What is an Ingrowing Nail?

  • Not cutting your nails correctly
  • Picking your nails
  • Wearing poorly-fitting shoes, e.g. tight shoes, high heels and pointed toe shoes
  • Wearing tight socks
  • Sweating a lot e.g. during exercise
  • Injury to the nail
  • Fungal Infection
  • Poor foot mechanics leading to mechanical trauma

What are the Symptoms of an Ingrowing Nail?

Initially the skin around the ingrown nail may become reddened and feel slightly tender. If it progresses and becomes infected, it may become red and painful. Eventually, there may be some yellow or green fluid (pus) oozing from around the nail. The nail will become even more painful and there may be an overgrowth of skin around it.

What are the Do’s and Don’ts to prevent an ingrowing nail – from the footcare experts at Medineeds


  • Cut your nails straight across
  • Gently file sharp edges with a nail file on a regular basis
  • Keep your feet clean and dry, and allow air to get to your toes
  • Use cotton socks rather than synthetic
  • Attend a HCPC registered Podiatrist (Chiropodist) if you are not able to safely cut your toenails


  • Pick your toenails
  • Cut nails too short or too low at the sides
  • Wear tight shoes or high heels
  • Cut your nails yourself if you have diabetes, have loss of feeling (neuropathy), reduced or poor blood supply (ischaemia), or can’t see well and are struggling to cut your nails

Medineeds Foot Care Services – the best value Somerset podiatry and chiropody services, provided by local healthcare experts

If you are worried that you may have an ingrowing nail, the sooner you seek treatment the lower the risk of infection and conservative treatment may be appropriate. If your ingrown nail is persistent or if conservative treatment is unsuccessful then you may require nail surgery.  

Medineeds Health & Wellness, offers assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment for all foot problems including conservative treatment of ingrowing toenails and nail surgery.

Our Foot Clinic in is led by Principal Podiatrist Sarah Clauson, Bsc (Hons). Sarah is registered with the Royal College of Podiatry and has over 11 years’ NHS experience, and is a specialist in rheumatology, diabetic foot and wound care.

How can I find out more about Medineeds Foot Care Services?

At Medineeds we are on a mission to improve the wellbeing of our local community. We have many years of experience in our areas of expertise and are also involved in the provision of frontline healthcare services.

Our Medineeds Health & Wellness Clinic team is made up of healthcare specialists and professionals, dedicated to taking care of your health and wellness.

If you are concerned about your feet or would like more advice on how to care for them, please contact our friendly Medineeds Reception Team, who will happily advise you on our Podiatry Service.

Call our Reception Team today to arrange an appointment 01823277755 or email