An ingrowing toe nail is when the edge of the nail grows down into the skin. It normally occurs on the big toe on either side of the nail

The edge of the nail that is digging in is removed. A special instrument is then used to destroy the root of the removed nail to stop it growing back.

Following the Operation:

  • After the operation, you will have a thick, padded bandage on your foot.
  • The Ward 10 nurses will keep your foot raised for at least an hour on pillows to help the swelling settle.
  • Whilst you are resting you will be given something to eat and drink, then you will be able to go home.
  • Open toe shoes – Sandals will be more comfortable and will allow room for the dressing. You will be wheeled to the main entrance of the hospital in a wheelchair to keep your foot raised.
  • You will be given a dressing pack to take home for your first visit to the practice nurse (This is 24 to 48 hours after your operation). Please contact your GP surgery to book an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Before going home you may be given appropriate footwear for your child to wear if you have not brought in any open toe shoes.
  • If you have had a general anaesthetic for the operation – please follow the “After your child has had a general anaesthetic” leaflet for instructions for the next 48 Hours.

When you are home:

  • Watch out for signs of infection – If there is an increase of redness or pain or starts to leak pus from the toe. Please seek advice from your GP or call 111.
  • Pain relief: Over the counter medication such as paracetamol and Ibuprofen should be adequate to treat pain after the operation. DO NOT exceed the recommended dosage.
  • Spend most of the time during the first few days with your leg raised when sitting so that the swelling settles. After that, you can usually start to be a little more active.
  • When walking, your child should not place too much pressure on the affected toe. To avoid doing this your child can take the weight on the heel of their foot.
  • If your toe bleeds, press firmly on your wound for 15 – 20 minutes and then gradually release the pressure. Keep your foot raised. If the toe keeps bleeding contact Emergency Department and have the wound checked.
  • DO NOT play sports or do strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks.
  • Keep the dressing dry and clean to prevent infection. You will have regular dressing changes with the practice nurse where they will give you regular advice about wound care.

 The Future:

  • Try to cut your toenails straight across and do not leave sharp edges.
  • Wear shoes that fit the shape of your feet comfortabl

Ref: 10/22/146
Review: 02/24