An ingrown toenail is a painful condition of the toe. Any toenail can become ingrown, but the condition is usually found in the big toe. It occurs when a sharp corner of the toenail digs into the skin at the end of or side of the toe.
Pain and inflammation at the spot where the nail digs into the skin occurs first. Later, the inflamed area can begin to grow extra tissue or drain yellowish fluid. Ingrown toenails are common in adults but uncommon in children and infants. Teenagers and young adults are most at risk. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can progress to an infection or even an abscess that requires surgical treatment.
Treatment involves removing the offending nail border. This is a procedure that is performed in our office and usually takes about ten minutes. You will be able to leave our office most time with the shoes you wore in to the office. Aftercare includes daily foot soaking and topical antibiotic treatment for approximately one week. You will be able to resume most of your daily activities after the procedure.
Prevent Ingrown Toenails By
- Trimming your toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
- Ensuring that your shoes and socks are not too tight.
- Keeping your feet clean at all times.
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