Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and at times extremely painful. This condition can occur in both the hands and the feet but is most commonly seen in the toes due to the surrounding skin on either side of the nail, grows over the edge of the nail and penetrates the skin. This causes redness, swelling, pain and in bad cases can lead to an infection. People develop ingrown toenails for many different reasons including trauma (stubbing a toe), fungal nail infections, poor fitting shoes and poor toe-nail trimming.
Most cases of ingrown toenails can be prevented by trimming toenails straight across, keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infectiion, protecting feet from trauma, wearing correct size shoes.
If any drainage or discharge is seen from the nail, coming in to the office is necessary. People with diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation should seek care immediately. Trying to wait out the toenail pain or repeated cutting will only make it worse. Come on in to the office for the various treatments that we can offer to stop the pain and re-occurrence of the problem.