Sore toe nails are a very common thing for podiatrists to see and treat. Most people have caught a nail on something, causing it to rip, or has smashed a toe on the bed frame in the middle of the night.
Toes hurt for a number of reasons, the most common causes include ingrown toenails, bunions, cuts or scrapes, blisters, corns and calluses, infections and trauma or injury. Toe joint pain can include arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis. Further information found at foot, ankle and leg pain.
What should I do if I am worried about my sore toenails?
Podiatrists are the foot and ankle experts. We study dermatology of the feet and the nails in particular. We can diagnose, advise and treat a range of nail conditions including nail surgery with local anaesthetic.
At Zest Podiatry & Physio we pride ourselves in being able to help with many nail conditions, we are experts in nail surgery and are always happy to help you. Contact us or book an initial appointment online.
Podiatrists are the sore toenail experts.
An ingrown toenail occurs where a piece of nail pierces the flesh of the toe. It can be painful on use, in shoes and when in bed with the covers on it. It affects around 10,000 people per year in the UK, of which 20% of GP foot appointments are due in ingrown toenails.
Ingrown nail series Articles
- 1: Why do my toes and toenails hurt?
- 2: Do I have an ingrown toenail?
- 3: What can I expect from an ingrown toenail surgery?
- Case Study: Ingrown sore nails
Ingrown toenail – “where a piece of nail pierces the flesh of the toe”
An ingrown nail can feel like you have a splinter, it is often extremely painful and can become inflamed and/or infected. Occasionally it can cause pus and bleeding. They are most common on the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too.
An ingrown toe nail is painful and often difficult to manage. We can offer a nail surgery treatment in clinic that can remove part or all of the nail to offer long term comfort and relief.
Other common conditions producing sore toenails
Podiatrists are able to manage most nail conditions of the feet and often can advise on the hands. All podiatrist are trained to perform nail surgery, which is used to alleviate ingrown nails and trauma/damaged nails.
Images of sore toenails
Will my nail re-attach?
No, a nail will not re-attach to the nail bed. Common damage is by dropping something on it, stubbing it or running long distance with long toe nails. The nail bed once lifted will need to grow out or be removed.
If the nail is only partially lifted or has some blood under it then you may need to have the nail removed, sometime it is recommended under local anaesthetic. At Zest Podiatry we can determine if this is the treatment you require and are able to offer this is clinic.
If you are concerned about your nails, if they are sore, please contact us or book in.