An ingrown toenail is a usually painful problem that occurs when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail. Sometimes the nail itself grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails typically occur on the big toe (hallux).
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:
Complications from an ingrown toenail can be significant if you have diabetes. Poor blood flow and nerve damage associated with diabetes can increase your risk of infection from even a seemingly minor issue like an ingrown nail. Anyone with an untreated or undetected ingrown toenail, however, can develop a dangerous infection in the underlying bone (osteomyelitis).
Ingrown toenails stem from a variety of causes, including:
One common cause of ingrown toenails is improper trimming. You can prevent this by cutting your toenails straight across rather than curving them to match the shape of your toe. Avoid trimming your nails too short as well by keeping them even with the tips of your toes. Properly fitted shoes that allow your toes to spread apart naturally also help prevent ingrown toenails.
Conservative treatment measures that Dr. Young may recommend include:
If you repeatedly have problems with ingrown toenails, Dr. Young may suggest a very simple, permanent, in-office procedure to remove a small side section of the nail. This eliminates the pain and pressure from the ingrowing while maintaining the cosmetic appearance of the toenail.
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