Ingrown Toenails

What are Ingrown Toenails?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the toe, causing pain, redness, and swelling. It most commonly affects the big toe.

What are signs & symptoms of Ingrown Toenails?

  • Pain and tenderness along one or both sides of the toenail
  • Redness around the toenail
  • Swelling of the toe around the nail
  • Infection of the tissue around the toenail, potentially indicated by pus
  • Overgrowth of skin around the affected nail

Ingrown Toenails FAQ

There are many reasons why an ingrown toenail may develop. Improperly cutting your toenails is a major cause of ingrown toenails. If toenails aren’t cut straight across or are cut too short, the likelihood of getting an ingrown toenail may increase. Other causes include having unusually curved toenails, wearing shoes that don’t give your toes an ample amount of space, and hereditary factors. Injuring the toe by stubbing it or having an object fall on it may also lead to ingrown toenails. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to further complications with the foot.

Treatment options range from conservative home care and antibiotics for infection to minor surgical procedures that remove the ingrown portion of the nail.

Preventive measures include properly trimming the nails straight across without rounding the corners, wearing well-fitted shoes with ample room for toes, and keeping the feet clean and dry.

Seek medical attention if the pain is severe, if there is evidence of infection (redness, pus), or if home treatments do not alleviate the condition.

Surgery may be recommended for recurrent ingrown toenails or severe cases where conservative treatments are ineffective. Surgical options typically involve removing part of the nail or the nail bed.

Recovery time varies, but most people can resume normal activities within a few days, with complete healing occurring within 2 to 4 weeks.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.