Ingrown Toe Nail

When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odor. However, even if the toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.

Sometimes a simple slanting back of the nail can help relieve the pressure. Other times a temporary or permanent nail avulsion is necessary. Buffalo Grove Podiatry provides all of these treatments.

Ingrown Toe Nail

Causes & Symptoms

Causes of ingrown toenails include:

Heredity: In many people, the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited.

Trauma: Sometimes an ingrown toenail is the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe, or engaging in activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes, such as kicking or running.

Improper trimming: The most common cause of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. This encourages the skin next to the nail to fold over the nail.

Improperly sized footwear: Ingrown toenails can result from wearing socks and shoes that are tight or short.

Nail Conditions: Ingrown toenails can be caused by nail problems, such as fungal infections or losing a nail due to trauma.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Treatment: Sometimes initial treatment for ingrown toenails can be safely performed at home. However, home ingrown toenail treatment is strongly discouraged if an infection is suspected, or for those who have medical conditions that put feet at high risk, such as diabetes, nerve damage in the foot, or poor circulation.

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We have the experience that you and your family deserve. We accept PPOs and most insurance. We look forward to your visit.

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Please either call us at 847-577-1649 or fill out the form to book your appointment! 

We have the experience that you and your family deserve. We accept PPOs and most insurance. We look forward to your visit.

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