What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a common and painful condition of the toe. It occurs when the sides or corner of the nail grow inwards and penetrate the skin of the toe. Pain is often accompanied by swelling and redness. The big toe is affected most often.
What are the Causes of Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toe nails occur most often by wearing tight shoes, having unusually curved nails that grow downward, or trimming your nails too short or curved.
What are the Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails should be treated by your doctor, especially if you suffer from diabetes. Your doctor may suggest soaking your foot regularly in warm water, prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers, and wear open-toed shoes or sandals. Untreated ingrown nails can lead to infection or even an abscess that necessitates surgical treatment. Matricectomy is a technique of removal of all or part of the base nail portion (nail bed) using chemical, electrical or surgical methods.