Daniel Cunningham Podiatry and Orthotics

The Foot and Ankle Specialist

Ingrown Toenails

Daniel is skilled at painlessly removing the ingrowing portion of nail without the need for local anaesthetic. This allows the inflammation to settle down and assists with clearing any infection that may be present. If the ingrowing nail will be an ongoing issue Daniel may perform a procedure to stop only the ingrowing portion of nail from growing back, leaving the main portion of nail in tact.


Ingrown nails, the most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh.

Ingrown toenails may be caused by:

  • Improperly trimmed nails (Trim them straight across, not longer than the tip of the toes. Do not round off corners. Use toenail clippers.)

  • Heredity

  • Shoe pressure; crowding of toes

  • Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities 

People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self treatment and seek podiatric medical care as soon as possible.

If you suspect an infection due to an ingrown toenail, immerse the foot in a warm salt water soak, or a basin of soapy water, then apply an antiseptic, bandage the area and book an appointment with a podiatrist.