Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the nails grow into the soft tissue of the toe. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming but also by shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure. Some people are just born with nails that are curved and grow downward. Any toenail can become ingrown, although the Great or Big Toe is most commonly affected. Poor eyesight, physical inability to reach your toes or thick nails can make trimming your toenails difficult. Picking or tearing the corners of your nails can also contribute to your toenails becoming ingrown.

Because the nail is digging into the skin, the affected toe is usually red and painful. If this condition is not treated early the affected toe will become swollen and infected and left untreated can infect the underlying bone. If you have Diabetes, these complications can be especially severe because of poor circulation and nerve supply to your feet. For Diabetic patients any injury to your foot, including minor cuts and scrapes, corns, calluses or an ingrown toenail may lead to infection if ignored or not treated promptly.

If you experience any of the symptoms of an ingrown toenail call 215-334-9900 for an evaluation by one of our highly trained podiatric doctors for personalized care and treatment.

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