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Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails can be a result of a number of things, poorly fitting shoes and toenails that aren’t trimmed properly seem to be the most common cases among them. The skin on the edge of a toenail is prone to becoming red and infected. The big toe is usually affected, but any toenail can become ingrown.

Extra pressure put onto a toe, paves the way for ingrown toenails to occur. This pressure is caused by shoes being too tight or even too loose. If you walk a lot or participate in any sort of athletics, wearing a shoe that’s a little tight can exacerbate this problem. Certain deformities of the foot or toes can also put added pressure onto the toe like:

  • Nails that are not trimmed properly can also cause ingrown toenails.
  • When your toenails are trimmed too short or the edges are rounded rather than cut straight across, the nail may curl downward and grow into the skin
  • Poor eyesight and physical inability to reach the toe easily, as well as having thick nails, can make improper trimming of the nails more likely
  • Picking or tearing at the corners of the nails can also cause an ingrown toenail
  • Some people are born with nails that are curved and tend to grow downward. Others have toenails that are too large for their toes. Stubbing your toe or other injuries can also lead to an ingrown toenail.


Treatments can be as simple as just reducing the end of the ingrown nail. If your nail is deeply ingrown though, surgical removal may be your best to get rid of the annoying nail border and treatment of the nail root so that this situation doesn’t happen again or in fact get worse from how it may be at the time.

Post Operative Instructions:

  • Daily soaks with Epsom salt, 2 tablespoons in lukewarm water with enough to cover the foot. Redress the toe with Neosporin and a band aid to prevent anything else from getting into it or onto it.
  • Or even a once daily application of amerigel and a band aid.
  • We are always available should you have further questions so feel free to ask us anything.

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