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An ingrown toenail is a painful condition, triggered by a corner or side of a toenail curving inward and growing into the soft flesh of the toe. Even though the big toe is most commonly affected, any toe is susceptible to developing the condition.
If an ingrown toenail digs deep enough to break the skin, bacteria may enter the area and cause an infection, intensifying the severity of the condition.
While some individuals are susceptible to ingrown toenails because of genetic factors, most individuals can reduce their risk of developing ingrown toenails by practicing preventative measures.These include:
Unfortunately, it is impossible to prevent genetic factors. If a toenail is congenitally larger than its associated toe, there is a highly increased risk that an ingrown toenail will develop.
As the condition progresses, so do the symptoms.Early symptoms include:
A progressed condition typically indicates an infection, with symptoms including:
If the toenail has pierced the skin, any sign of infection develops, or if you have diabetes or another medical condition that causes poor circulation and puts your feet at an increased risk for future injury or infection, consult a Kayal Orthopaedic Center physician right away.Our surgeons will examine the affected area and select the treatment best suited for your particular condition. Whether we perform minimally invasive surgery to fix the toenail or execute other tactics for pain relief, our team skillfully treats ingrown toenails, taking our every precaution to avoid harming the nail bed.