Take the ‘Ow’ Out of Ingrown Toenails

Take the ‘Ow’ Out of Ingrown Toenails

Stephen and Robert of Bay Podiatry in Whitley Bay explain how they can help give you comfort if your ingrown nails are causing you pain.

As experienced podiatrists, an ingrown toenail is a common condition which we see regularly.  They are often extremely painful and can have a significant impact on the enjoyment of everyday activities such as walking, sports and even sleeping.  The good news is you don’t have to put up with them!  In many cases an ingrown toenail can be treated quickly and painlessly with good lasting success, allowing a speedy return to doing all the activities you enjoy free from pain. 

An ingrown toenail can come about when the edge of the nail breaks the surrounding skin.  This often causes pain and swelling and can result in recurrent infections.  In chronic cases, a red, highly vascular area of skin can be seen around the area which is called ‘hypergranulation tissue’.  This tissue bleeds easily when knocked and is unlikely to resolve until the offending piece of nail is removed.  Ingrown toenails can be the result of injury or poor nail cutting technique.  Some people are more likely to suffer this condition due to their nails being ‘involuted’ or ‘curled in’ at the edges.

We advise people to cut their nails straight across, to allow the edge of the nail to grow free from the skin.  Avoid cutting down the sides, as this can leave uneven sharp pieces of nail that can dig in or break the skin if knocked.  If you find it difficult to cut your nails, sometimes filing them regularly will help.  In the past it was thought that cutting a ‘V’ in the middle of the nail would help – we now know this is unlikely to provide any benefit as the nail grows from the base.

Many people are unsure where to go when they have pain in their feet.  At Bay Podiatry, we pride ourselves on being the experts in feet and our aim is to keep you walking comfortably.

If self-help doesn’t work, then it is best to a see podiatrist (the specialists in feet).  A podiatrist will assess your feet and offer an individual treatment plan.  This may include simple nail cutting and advice on footcare.  In cases where the toes have been sore for a long time or has become swollen or infected, minor surgery can be offered.  This is undertaken using local anaesthetic and can be done so that the painful piece of nail does not grow back, providing a lasting solution to the problem.  Many people imagine this will be really painful to have done but are surprised at how straightforward it is. 

In our experience, many people are unsure where to go when they have pain in their feet.  At Bay Podiatry, we pride ourselves on being the experts in feet and our aim is to keep you walking comfortably.  Sore feet do not have to spoil the enjoyment of doing everyday things, be that walking to the shops or running a marathon.  If you suffer with an ingrown toenail or sore feet, then we would be happy to have a chat over the phone, or to see you in our new, modern clinic so we can advise you on the best way forward. 

Our clinic is located next to Tesco Express at Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre.  For more information call us on
0191 252 4441 or visit our website www.baypodiatry.co.uk 

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