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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, also known as a paronychia, occur when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, inflammation, and potential infection. This common foot condition can affect individuals of all ages and is often caused by factors such as improper nail trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, trauma to the toe, or genetic predisposition. When the toenail becomes ingrown, it can lead to discomfort and

Treatment for ingrown toenails aims to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote proper nail growth. Conservative measures may include soaking the foot in warm water, gently lifting the ingrown edge of the toenail, and applying topical antibiotics to prevent infection. In some cases, a healthcare provider may need to trim or remove the ingrown portion of the toenail to provide relief and promote healing. For recurrent or severe ingrown toenails, surgical intervention such as partial nail avulsion or complete nail removal may be necessary to prevent recurrence and alleviate symptoms. Prevention strategies such as proper nail trimming techniques, wearing properly fitting shoes, and maintaining good foot hygiene can help reduce the risk of ingrown toenails and promote overall foot health. For more information click here.

discomfort, making it difficult to walk or wear shoes comfortably. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can worsen and may even result in serious complications such as infection or abscess formation.

The symptoms of ingrown toenails typically include pain, tenderness, and swelling along the affected toe, particularly along the nail border. In some cases, the ingrown toenail may become red or inflamed, and drainage or pus may be present, indicating an infection. Individuals with ingrown toenails may also experience difficulty walking or wearing shoes, as pressure on the affected area can exacerbate pain and discomfort. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent complications and alleviate symptoms associated with ingrown toenails.

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