Ingrown toe nails are very painful and often cause redness, swelling and infection. Many times the nail may look normal but it becomes tender along the sides when pressure is applied. Generally people blame this condition on improper toe nail cutting, however in most cases it is a hereditary condition and the nail is simply too big for the toe. Some nails have a tendency to curl in at the edges also causing an ingrown nail.
Treatment Options: Conservative care may include, careful trimming of the offending nail, application of antibiotic ointment, bandaging and wider footwear.
A permanent correction is available in our office whereby a sliver of nail is removed from the sides of the toe and the root destroyed which prevents the regrowth. It is not necessary to have the entire toenail removed. The procedure is performed using only a local anesthetic with little to no discomfort afterwards, returning to school or work is immediate. This is the most effective way to permanently correct the problem. A thorough examination with your Podiatrist will help to determine the best treatment option.