What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, redness, swelling and potential infection. It commonly affects the big toe but can occur in any toe.
The most common symptom of an ingrown toenail is localized pain, mainly when pressure is applied or when wearing tight shoes. The affected area may become swollen and tender and develop redness or inflammation. In some cases, drainage or pus may indicate an infection.
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can worsen and cause increased pain, difficulty walking and more severe infection.
How are Ingrown Toenails Diagnosed?
A podiatrist can diagnose an ingrown toenail through a physical examination. They assess your affected toe, looking for redness, swelling and tenderness. Your provider may gently press on the skin surrounding the toenail to determine the level of discomfort. Additionally, they may inquire about symptoms and medical history to rule out underlying conditions.
How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated?
There are several treatment options available for ingrown toenails, including:
Our Approach to Ingrown Toenail Care
Managing the pain and discomfort of an ingrowth toenail can be a pain. From your neighbors to online forums, you may hear endless suggestions on treating them independently, so it can be hard to know exactly what to do. By seeing one of our Inspira podiatrists, you will have a professional to diagnose and treat your condition and a guide to help prevent an ingrown toenail from reoccurring.