An ingrown toenail develops when the nail’s edge grows into the skin of the toe. The skin surrounding the toenail can become infected and is often red, swollen, and very tender. Ingrown toenails can occur on any toe but usually affect the big toes. The tendency to get ingrown toenails is inherited but improperly trimmed nails or poorly fitting shoes can lead to ingrown toenails as well.
In chronic or more severe cases of ingrown toenails an in-office procedure can be performed to make it so that the ingrown portion of the nail will not grow back. Your toe will be numb for the 15-30 minute procedure and you will be able to resume most of your normal activities right away. Feel free to call for an appointment today if you are suffering with an ingrown toenail.
P.S. To prevent ingrown toenails, cut nails straight across without tapering the corners.