Painful, swollen and tender toes, caused by the toe nail curling and piercing the sides of the toe. Signs of ingrowing toenails include pain on touching the toes, a build-up of fluid around the area and swelling of the toe. The ingrown toenail may also cause bleeding and infection.
To treat an ingrown toenail, wash and dry the feet properly and cut nails in a straight line, if possible use a cotton bud to gently move the skin away from the toe and make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Prevention is better, than cure when it comes to an ingrown toenail and prevention includes good foot hygiene, cutting the nails correctly and wear well fitted shoes. If the ingrown toenail becomes infected, see your GP or a podiatrist.