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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 can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Inc.. Our doctors 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 offices located in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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