Marie Whitfield Podiatry (Graceville and Moorooka)
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Ingrown toenail


Ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, is a common condition seen across all age groups. Symptoms usually include pain, redness, discharge and swelling, with or without infection. Your Podiatrist should be your 'go to' person for care as they are well trained in treating this condition, both conservatively and surgically.

Possible causes of ingrown toenails include incorrect cutting, sweaty feet, poorly fitting footwear, trauma, hereditary nail shape (e.g. involuted nails), obesity, or pressure from footwear.


Conservative treatment involves correctly cutting and shaping of the nail, often with removal of an offending splinter of nail. Antibiotics may be required if infection is present. Education on footwear and nail cutting is also a large part of ongoing management.

Recurrent ingrowing nails may require surgical intervention such as a partial nail avulsion with matrix sterilisation. Under local anaesthetic a wedge of nail is removed and the base is sterilised with phenol so it does not grow back. You will be left with a nice straight edge and no scarring. Healing usually takes 2-6 weeks. No sutures are required and patients report minimal discomfort after the procedure.

Return to footwear and work in most cases is the next day.

If you have any questions regarding ingrowing toe nails or any other foot issue please contact us.


After hours, Saturday and urgent appointments can be made by phoning Marie direct on 0407 028 669.
Referrals are not necessary unless you are receiving treatment through DVA or on an EPC Care Plan through Medicare (ask your GP for eligibility).


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Graceville Medical
Level 1, 296 Oxley Road
Graceville Qld 4075

Beaudesert Road Surgery
182 Beaudesert Road
Moorooka Qld 4105

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Phone: 3847 4809

0407 028 669

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Hours of Operation:
Monday 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday - Home visits are available
Thursday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Friday - Home visits are available
Saturday 8am - 12:30pm