Ingrown Toenails

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail, typically on the big toe, grows into the surrounding skin. This can lead to pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes infection. Ingrown toenails can result from improper nail trimming, ill-fitting shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. They are a common condition that affects people of all ages and can often be treated at home, though severe cases may require medical intervention.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness along one or both sides of the nail
  • Redness around the toenail
  • Swelling of the toe around the nail
  • Infection of the tissue around the toenail, indicated by increased warmth, red streaks, and pus
  • Overgrowth of skin around the nail

Ingrown Toenails FAQ

There are many possible causes of ingrown toenails including:

  • Poorly fitted shoes
  • Personal grooming habits — trimming the toenail too short or at an angle can lead to the nail growing into the skin.
  • Injuries to the toenail or foot
  • Swelling of the toe

An uncommon cause of an ingrown toenail is a naturally rounded toe. Wearing shoes appropriate for the activity is important, as footwear is the biggest cause of ingrown toenails.

Dr. Hausman first identifies the cause of the ingrown nail and uses the information to recommend preventative care for the problem. Dr. Hausman performs a simple in-office treatment to relieve the pain as well as correcting the growth of the toenail.

Aftercare can differ, depending on the treatment. Dr. Hausman may treat the area with antibiotics to eliminate the possibility of infection. He also discusses the cause of the ingrown nail with patients and recommends prevention to help them avoid repeat problems.

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