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Causes and Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can turn simple movements into a painful experience and even lead to infections if left untreated. Ingrown toenails develop when a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, particularly prevalent in the big toe. Factors like wearing ill-fitting footwear, genetics, improper nail trimming, or trauma are common causes of ingrown toenails. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and redness around the affected nail. Prevention involves wearing properly fitted shoes with roomy toe boxes, trimming nails straight across, and avoiding tight socks. For help in managing severe, infected, or recurring ingrown toenails, treatment from a podiatrist is suggested. This foot doctor can prescribe antibiotics for infections or surgical removal of the toenail, if necessary. A podiatrist can also recommend methods to avoid ingrown toenails in the future. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the first sign of an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Kimberly Woodard, DPM of Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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