What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a very common and painful condition where the nail grows into the skin. This usually happens on either corner of the big toe, but any toe can be affected. Once this occurs, the surrounding skin becomes red, swollen, and painful. Many people may experience this pain and just put up with it, but if an ingrown toenail is not properly treated, the toe may develop an infection with odor and pus.
The most common causes of an ingrown toenail are improperly trimmed nails (the nail should be trimmed straight across), injuries to the toe, or wearing shoes that are too tight. Some people are born with nails that naturally curve downward into their skin. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, obesity, and repetitive activities such as running.
Our Board Certified podiatrists offer a quick, in-office procedure that removes the portion of the ingrown toenail that is growing into your skin. This treatment eliminates the pain and is covered by insurance. You will be able to walk or drive immediately after the procedure. Most people experience very little discomfort after the procedure. Antibiotics will be prescribed only if needed. Please read our blog for more details on the treatment of an ingrown nail.