Ingrowing toe nails can be very painful and need addressing by a professional.
They are caused by the side of the nail digging into the skin, which leads to an infection making the toe swell.
If caught early they may be helped by professional attention. However, often they require a section of nail removing from the one or both sides. Occasionally the whole nail is affected and needs removing completely.
At Advance Podiatry we regularly perform nail surgery like this at our clinic, under Local Anesthetic. In most cases this will cure the problem once and for all, and for the majority of patients the toe is pain-free and back to normal after a few weeks.
Many patients undergo the procedure on a Friday night or Saturday morning, so that they are able to go back to normal activities by Monday morning.
This NHS information page provides further insight into the procedure.