Ingrowing Toenails

What is an ingrowing toenail?

If you have every suffered from an ingrowing toenail before you will know they can be very painful! The pain can affect all aspects of your life and can be quite unbearable.

An ingrowing toenail occurs when the nail grows into and pierces the surrounding skin; the toe may become red and inflammed and you may notice bleeding or pus coming from the area. It can be extremely painful and even putting your shoes on may become problematic. Sometimes a toe may not become red but there is some level of discomfort, this is usually caused by an involuted toenail which can go on to develop into an ingrowing toenail.

What causes an ingrowing toenail?

  • Poor nail cutting
  • Picking your nails
  • Tight footwear
  • Injury
  • Family history
  • Sweaty feet
  • Bony deformities

Check out out blog for more information on preventing ingrowing toenails.


Ingrowing toenails are best treated early on, so if you have any discomfort please contact us for an assessment in order to have it treated and to prevent any further deterioration. In most cases, this will involve a non-surgical technique.  In more severe cases, when infection may have been or is present – or where conservative techniques have failed – it may be more beneficial to consider a surgical option. At West Berkshire Foot Clinic, we offer both removal of the whole nail or partial removal. Surgical packages include local anaesthetic, full procedure, all the dressings required to heal the wound/s and all follow-up appointments. Make sure you check out our blogs for more information!

We understand how painful ingrowing toenails are, and the impact they have on your quality of life.


What People are saying:

“Excellent service! Had a ingrown nail surgery and Louise was super kind, attentive and professional. I was provided with all necessary information about the procedure and aftercare, answered any questions I had and given any extra bandages I would need for the recovery process. I highly recommend this clinic 🙂 ” – July 2022

“I’ve been very impressed by Louise. After not needing podiatry for 20ish years, have recently needed treatment on old ingrowing toenails. Louise thoroughly investigated the problem, and we have ended up with me having nail surgery with her. She’s been fantastic throughout, and I love that I get 3 follow up appointments to check all is well. I also like the easy to use website/bookings system and the speed with which she replies to messages etc.” – September 2021

“After 4 weeks of pain and limping with an ingrown toenail I contacted Louise and within the same day Louise had removed it providing instant relief. Louise is very kind and caring and made me feel at ease throughout the treatment.” – March 2019

Conditions and Treatments

At West Berkshire Foot Clinic, we investigate the cause of the problem from which you are suffering – and then we treat it, using the latest in research-led treatments that provide the best success rates available.

Our Clinic

Thatcham House is set in the picturesque surroundings of West Berkshire, near to local bus routes for Thatcham and Newbury….

Thatcham House

Contact Us

If you would like to book an appointment of wish to discuss this treatment further please contact us.