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Facts About Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin instead of over it. This often results in pain, swelling, and redness in the affected toe. Several factors contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Improper toenail trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, or sustaining foot injuries can increase the likelihood of experiencing this condition. Additionally, individuals with curved or unusually shaped toenails may be more prone to ingrown toenails. Symptoms of an ingrown toenail typically include tenderness along the side of the toenail, swelling, and redness. In some cases, the affected area may become infected, leading to drainage of pus or an unpleasant odor. Proper foot care and wearing comfortable, properly fitting footwear can help prevent ingrown toenails. Having an ingrown toenail can be painful and uncomfortable. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can offer you effective relief and treatment methods.

Ingrown toenails may require medical attention. If you have significant pain or notice signs of infection from an ingrown toenail, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? 

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenails of the big toe are usually affected, however, an ingrown toenail can happen on any toe. Sometimes, the area can become infected leading to potentially serious complications. The ingrown toenail may be caused by improper trimming of the toenail, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury to the nail.


The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Pus or drainage from the affected nail or a fever may indicate an infection of the area. 


Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrown toenail. In less severe cases, home treatment may be adequate. Soaking the affected foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail from the skin with a piece of clean cotton can help. In more severe cases, you may need to use topical or oral antibiotics to treat an infection. Surgical removal of the ingrown toenail may be required if more conservative treatments fail. 

Ingrown toenails may be prevented by wearing well-fitted shoes and properly trimming the toenails. Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short when using nail clippers. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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