An ingrown nail is a common condition that occurs when the side of the toenail invades and grows into the skin of the nail border. This typically affects the great toenail more than the other toes. You may notice accompanying pain, redness and swelling. Although the etiology is variable, it is most commonly due to trauma, tight fitting shoes, improper toenail trimming or fungal nails.
If you notice increased warmth, drainage, redness, or odor it may be a sign that an infection is present to the area. It is vital to seek out further medical care, especially if you are diabetic or have any other condition that may preclude you from healing.
Standard of care sometimes care involves a small office procedure that will remove the offending nail and eliminate both the pain and likelihood of recurrence. Our specialists can help determine the best treatment for you.
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