What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails are a common foot ailment, most commonly affecting the big toe.
Causes and Symptoms
Ingrown toenails occur as the nailfold becomes trapped allowing the nail to grow into the skin. This can lead to redness, swelling, pain and potential infection. Ingrown toenails can be the result of ill-fitting shoes or improper toenail cutting.
Mildly ingrown toenails can usually be treated easily in the office. This involves freeing and cutting the offending nail corner. In more severe cases, a surgical procedure is often indicated. This involves removing the involved nail border using numbing medication. The nail will then grow back or a permanent procedure can be performed if this is a chronic occurrence. Regardless of the procedure, patients usually return to full activities the next day with limited restrictions.
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