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Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are characterized by the downward curling of the toenail's side or corner into the adjacent skin. An ingrown toenail typically results in redness, swelling, tenderness, and in some cases becomes infected. While frequently seen in the big toe, any toenail can become ingrown. The major causes of ingrown toenails include wearing ill-fitting footwear, improper nail trimming techniques, and traumatic injury to the toe. Seeking professional evaluation by a podiatrist is essential for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. For mild cases, conservative measures such as warm water soaks and placement of a cotton ball beneath the affected nail corner may provide relief. However, persistent or worsening symptoms warrant prompt intervention to prevent complications, including bacterial infection. In such instances, treatment may involve antibiotic therapy or, in severe cases, surgical removal of the ingrown portion of the nail. Among the ways to prevent an ingrown toenail are trimming nails straight and wearing shoes that fit properly. If you have an ingrown toenail, especially if pain is persistent, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a complete exam and treatment suggestions.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington Fort Worth, And Flower Mound, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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