Ingrown toenails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue surrounding the nail. This usually occurs on the inside and outside border of the nail. This leads to irritation, redness, and swelling. Sometimes a small infection can develop. The big toe is the most common location for this condition, but other toes can also become affected.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by the following:
You should see our office immediately if any drainage or excessive redness is present around the toenail. If a short trial of home treatment has not resulted in improvement of the condition, you should visit our office. In addition, if you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should seek immediate treatment at the first signs of an ingrown toenail as it can lead to more severe complications.
Ingrown toenails are treated with a minor in-office procedures in which the doctor trims and removes the ingrown portion of the nail. If ingrown nails are a chronic problem, a procedure to permanently prevent ingrown nails at the affected area only can be done. Recovery is minimal and relatively painless.