Ingrown Toenails

This condition occurs when the toenail’s edge is driven into the toe by shoes (or boots) that are too tight. Ingrown toenails occur most frequently alongside the big toe.  The nail cuts into the side of the toe, creating a shooting pain as it puts pressure on the nerves. Ingrown toenails may also be caused by injury, fungal infection, psoriasis, heredity, or poor foot structure.

What is it?

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edges of the nail grow into the surrounding tissue.

What does it look like?

ingrown toenailIngrown toenails start swollen and tender. Left untreated, they may become increasingly sore, red, and infected. The surrounding skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail.


infected ingrown toenailInfected, the area becomes extremely painful. Red, swollen and pus-filled blisters may develop. At this stage, you need the help of your Chiropodist or Podiatrist.

How do you treat it?

Here at Werkman, Boven & Associates, we offer multiple options for caring for an ingrown toenail. The two most ideal options are: 

  1. Routine nail care every few weeks, in which our footcare practitioners will cut your toenails to the proper length and shape. 
  2. Nail surgery, a more permanent solution where our registered chiropodists will remove a small portion of the nail’s side. You can watch a short video on a procedure that Richard Werkman performed. (Content Warning: Graphic Content)

Those with Diabetes should never attempt to remove an ingrown toenail. Book an appointment to have your nails cleanly and expertly taken care of by our chiropodists.

Rather than waiting and hoping for the condition to resolve on its own, we suggest that you contact the Oakville Foot & Orthotic Clinic and make an appointment with Richard Werkman or Kaitlin Boven, Registered Chiropodists, Licensed for Nail Surgery and Local Anesthesia. Use the handy form on the right to request an appointment.

You do not need a doctor’s referral to consult with a Registered Chiropodist regarding Ingrown Nail Surgery or Local Anesthesia. Please contact our office today to book your appointment.

How do you prevent ingrown toenails?

  • Wear properly fitting footwear with enough room in the toe area of the shoe or boot.
  • Trim your toenails straight across, not curved at the edge of the toenail.
  • Nails should be trimmed often and allowed to overhang slightly beyond the skin of the toe. Too long or too short nails can start to grow inward.
  • Ensure that shoes and socks are not too tight.
  • Keep feet clean at all times.

There is a permanent solution for painful ingrown toenails. Everyone at the Oakville Foot & Orthotic Clinic would like to help you today!

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