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Ingrowing Toenails

This is a painful condition usually affecting the big toe and often in teenagers. Although some people are more prone than others to the condition, because of the involuted shape of the toe nails, bad cutting is very often the cause. An ingrowing toenail should not be confused with a condition known as onychophosis, where corn and callus is present in the sulcus (groove) of the nail causing pain and inflammation.

A true ingrowing toe nail is where the side of the toe (nail groove or sulcus) has been penetrated by a splinter of nail from the shoulder of the toenail causing pain, inflammation, swelling and often sepsis. Treatment for the condition is to seek professional advice from a podiatrist to have the splinter removed, usually under a local anaesthetic. If the condition recurs or is of longstanding, a minor surgical procedure can be performed such as a partial nail avulsion which in most cases, will permanently cure the condition.

It is essential to cut nails straight across with sharp toenail scissors or toenail pliers (nippers). Toenails should not be cut too short or cut into the corners.

Products to help prevent ingrowing toenails


Long handled Toe Nail Scissors

Stainless steel with angled blade, enables toe nail cutting with less bending down.

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16cm Cantilevered Nipper Plain Handle Curved Blade

A professional high quality instrument. This nail plier or nipper is manufactured from high-grade German stainless steel exclusively for Foot Care Supplies. Cantilevered nippers reduce the hand pressure necessary to cut thick or toughened nails compared with that required for conventional nippers.

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13cm Ingrown Toe Nail Nipper Straight Blade Leaf Spring

A professional high quality ingrowing toe nail instrument manufactured from high-grade German stainless steel exclusively for Foot Care Supplies. Single slim straight blade with anvil.

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14cm Nipper Barrel Spring Curved Blade

A professional high quality nail plier, nipper or clipper manufactured from high-grade German stainless steel exclusively for Foot Care Supplies. The heavy duty barrel spring provides the correct pressure for the nippers to be used on hard or thickened nails.

Read more here about the benefits of 14cm Nipper Barrel Spring Curved Blade

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