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Ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail is a painful condition characterized by the nail digging into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation and possible infection of the toe. This is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes or other systemic diseases. 


  • Heredity
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Trauma
  • Shoe pressure

What can you do?

  • Trim nails straight across as a preventive measure.
  • Select the proper shoe style and size.

What might the podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical exam of the foot
  • Take an x-ray
  • Culture the nail
  • Prescribe appropriate medications, such as antibiotics
  • Perform surgical correction of the nail when indicated.