Toenails, when ingrown or infected, can be a source of significant pain and discomfort. They can make mobility difficult and can limit walking and shoe wear. This problem occurs when the nail border becomes incurvated and grows into the adjacent skin fold. This causes irritation of the tissue and can lead to an open wound that allows for bacteria to invade the area.
Treatment of this condition typically involves removing the offending nail border. The nail border can be removed using either a temporary or permanent technique. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help resolve more fulminant infections. Patients should avoid attempting “bathroom surgery.” Repeated cutting of the nail can cause the condition to worsen over time. It is highly recommended that you visit with your podiatrist to have this problem managed.