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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are toenails that grow into your skin instead of on top of it. The big toe is highly susceptible as its nails are typically more pronounced and curved than the rest. This may be something you catch following a nail trimming session. That’s because cutting your toenails too short can lead to improper nail growth. Other causes include wearing tight footwear, injury, or infection.

Identifying Ingrown Toenails

Do you notice swelling and pain in your toe near your nail? Does your toenail curve toward you skin? Is so, then you may have an ingrown toenail. Other signs include redness, tissue infection, or tenderness.

Do I Need Surgery?

When in doubt, consult one of our knowledgeable doctors at The Foot & Ankle Center. If you decide to wait on treatment, it is possible for your symptoms to worsen. There is a possibility that surgery will be required, depending on the state of infection. If that’s the case, a procedure called the partial nail plate avulsion works to remove ingrown toenails.

Preventative Measures

Ingrown toenails may occur or reoccur without taking these simple preventative measures:

  • Avoid rounding your toenails when trimming
  • Wear loose-fitting socks and shoes
  • Maintain proper foot hygiene

In order to properly diagnose your ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment online or call our office at (314) 487-9300. Our podiatrists will recommend the proper steps to recovery.