Toeing the (ingrown) line

With a little skill and confidence, GPs can treat ingrown toenails in their own surgery.

Ingrown toenail is a painful condition, mainly affecting the big toe on one or both feet.


It arises when the nail edge grows into and irritates the overlying skin fold. This causes severe pain and infection may supervene.

Unless the causative nail edge is permanently removed, pain or infection may continue to recur.

Occasionally toes other than the big toe are affected. In such cases, crowding of the toes or nail disease may be contributing factors.

In my experience, ingrown toenail is