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How Do I Know If I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of your nail grows into the skin surrounding it instead of growing over the skin as it should. The toenails of the big toe are the most likely to become ingrown. You may notice first milder symptoms of an ingrown toenail. The area surrounding the ingrown nail will often become swollen, tender, and slightly painful to the touch. Without treatment, the ingrown toenail may become infected. Symptoms of an infection can include redness of the surrounding skin, throbbing pain, pus coming out of your toe, and even fever. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment. A podiatrist can also give you suggestions on how to prevent ingrown toenails in the future. Some of the preventative measures you can take include cutting your nails straight across and not too short and avoiding uncomfortable shoes that crowd your feet.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Priya Amin, DPM of Right Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Sugar Land, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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