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Common Disorders

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a painful condition characterized by the nail digging into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation and possible infection of the toe. This is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes, or other systemic diseases.

CAUSES OF INGROWN TOENAILS

  • Heredity
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Trauma
  • Shoe pressure
  • Poor foot structure

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Trim toenails straight across as a preventative measure.
  • Select the proper shoe style and size.

WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform x-ray evaluation when necessary.
  • Remove the ingrown portion of the nail.
  • Culture the nail.
  • Prescribe appropriate medications, such as antibiotics.
  • Perform surgical correction of the nail when indicated.

Source: APMA