My cuticle on the side of my big toe (at the corner of the beginning of the nail bed) is very tender. I don t think you can have an ingrown toenail in that area, can you? It s been very tender for quite some time now, but recently even more so. There is no visual evidence of infection, except inflammation. I did use a cuticle clipper and got some dead skin (cuticle) from the area. what could be causing the tenderness? No pain except when I walk or wiggle my toe.