So You Have an Ingrown

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown nail is the result of a nail growing in the skin that surrounds it. This often occurs in either edge of the big toe. Ingrown nails may be caused by improper trimming, inherited nail deformities, injuries, fungal infections or pressure.


Ingrown nails may cause pain at the tip of the toe or all the way to the base of the toe. The pain id often worse while walking. An ingrown nail may also lead to infection or inflammation. If it'[s infected, you might see puss or redness.

How do I know I have an Ingrown

To determine the extent of your problem, your podiatrist examines and possibly palpates (presses) the painful area. If other problems are suspected, blood tests, cultures, or x-rays may be done as well.

Treatment Options

If the nail is not infected, your podiatrist may trim the corner of it to help relieve your symptoms. For a partially ingrown nail, your podiatrist may need to remove one side of your nail back to the cuticle and treat the base of the nail. Severe infections or totally ingrown nails may require antibiotics and temporary or permanent removal of the entire nail. To lessen pain, a local anesthetic may be used in these procedures.

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