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Ingrown Toenail Removal

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenails Described

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe.

Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is severe or spreading, your doctor can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications of ingrown toenails.

If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you're at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails.

Ingrown Toenail Symptoms

Ingrown toenail symptoms include:

When to see a Podiatrist

See your Podiatrist if you:

Ingrown Toenail Causes

Common ingrown toenail causes include:

Ingrown Toenail Complications (ex: Infected toe nail)

Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.

Complications can be especially severe if you have diabetes, which can cause poor blood flow and damage nerves in your feet. So a minor foot injury — a cut, scrape, corn, callus or ingrown toenail — may not heal properly and become infected. A difficult-to-heal open sore (foot ulcer) may require surgery to prevent the decay and death of tissue (gangrene). Gangrene results from an interruption in blood flow to an area of your body.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment and Prevention

To help prevent an ingrown toenail:

Ingrown Toenail Treatment:

Our Podiatrists do an excellent job at explaining possible treatment options. If needed, an in-office procedure can be performed, where a sliver of the toenail is removed. There is also the possibility of destroying the root of the toenail in just that sliver of nail to prevent it from growing in that area. Sometimes for stubborn ingrown toenails, surgical intervention is required at a surgery center. Our Podiatrists are well trained in toe surgeries and perform them frequently as well.


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