Ingrown toenails are the result of a nail growing into the skin surrounding it. When this occurs, the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, causing inflammation. This inflammation initially presents as a minor discomfort but over the course of time can become infected.
This is a very frequently seen condition with the most common causes being from:
Improper toenail trimming (eg. too short)
Irregular, curved nails
Hereditary nail deformity
The first symptom of an ingrown toenail is typically pain and tenderness along the skin next to the affected toenail. If the ingrown becomes infected you may experience swelling, redness and drainage.
If the nail is not infected, the doctor may trim the corner to relieve the symptoms. If your ingrown toenail has progressed and/or become infected, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. The surgery may be required to remove the part of the nail that is growing underneath the skin. The procedure is performed in the office and requires a local anesthetic injection.
Contact Kalmar Family Podiatry at 631-549-0955 or at our contact us below for more information about ingrown toenail treatments today.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail please plan ahead and bring a sandal or a loose fitting shoe to your appointment.