What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a common and painful condition of the toe. It occurs when the side or corner of the nail grows inwards and penetrates the skin of the toe. Pain is often accompanied by swelling and redness. The big toe is affected most often.
What are the Causes of Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails occur most often by wearing tight shoes, having unusually curved nails that grow downward or trimming your nails too short.
What are the Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails should be treated by your doctor, especially if you suffer from diabetes. Your doctor may suggest soaking your foot regularly in warm water, prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers and suggest wearing open-toed shoes or sandals. Untreated ingrown nails can lead to infection or even an abscess that necessitates surgical treatment. Matricectomy is a technique of removal of all or part of the nail base (nail bed) using chemical, electrical or surgical methods.
Click here to learn more about Ingrown Toenail from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS).