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Initially it may only cause a little discomfort but as the nail grows deeper into the flesh the toe usually becomes infected and very painful. The skin becomes irritated, red, shiny and swollen with a throbbing pain and the toe is painful to touch.
A Podiatrist provides treatment for this condition and give you advice on how to manage and avoid the problem reoccurring. If an in-growing toe nail becomes recurrent and persistently painful with conservative treatment a minor operative procedure may be required. This can involve antibiotics for any infection, and resection, under local Anesthetic, of part or the whole nail plate and phenolisation to reduce recurrent growth.
If you have Diabetes, poor circulation, neuropathy or other medical conditions that effect the healing rate or infection risk in your feet, it is essential you seek advice and timely treatment. Nail surgery is not indicated in many of these conditions.