Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail happens when the nail's edges grow into the adjacent skin, causing pain and possible infection. Typically affecting the big toe, an ingrown toenail presents with swelling, redness, and potential infection. Home treatment is possible, but severe pain or spreading requires professional attention to avoid complications. Consultation with a podiatrist is vital, especially for those individuals with conditions such as diabetes or poor circulation. Over-the-counter remedies only mask pain, they do not solve the issue. Surgery may be necessary if symptoms persist, with options including partial or total nail avulsion under local anesthesia. After surgery, proper care is essential to prevent infection, and antibiotics may be prescribed if infection occurs. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to get treatment underway immediately.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact John McGhan, DPM of Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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