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Ingrown Toenail Management

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes infection. This condition is often seen in the big toe and can result from improper nail trimming, wearing tight footwear, or injury to the toe. When the nail pierces the skin, it creates an entry point for bacteria, leading to redness, pain, and pus formation. Managing an ingrown toenail involves soaking the affected foot in warm water to reduce swelling, gently lifting the nail edge, and applying antibiotic ointment. It is important to avoid cutting the nail too short or rounding the corners, as this can worsen the condition. Complications from untreated ingrown toenails can include severe infections, abscess formation, and in extreme cases, bone infections. To prevent ingrown toenails, trim nails straight across, wear properly fitting shoes, and maintain good foot hygiene. If the condition persists or worsens, it is suggested that you

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 one of our podiatrists of Summit Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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