An ingrown nail occurs when a small point of the nail edge breaks the skin down the side of the toenail. Sometimes an infection and swelling develops. Ingrown toenails are common in older children and can be the result of cutting the toenail wrong, shoe pressure or injury to the nail.
To properly treat an ingrown nail , the small point needs to be removed. In most cases this can be done quickly, with minimal discomfort in a normal consultation. Those which are more complicated may need a local anaesthetic or part of then nail removed. For recurrent ingrown nails, surgical removal of the sides of the nail may be the best option.