What is Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenail

WeTreatFeet Podiatry is a renowned podiatric medical practice specializing in the treatment of various foot conditions, including the common and often painful problem of ingrown toenails. With a team of highly skilled podiatrists and state-of-the-art facilities, WeTreatFeet Podiatry has established itself as a leading authority in providing effective solutions for this ailment.  Continue reading to explore the expertise and techniques employed by We Treat Feet Podiatry to treat painful ingrown toenails and alleviate associated discomfort.

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the nails grow into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, inflammation, and potential infection. This condition can be caused by various factors, such as improper nail trimming, wearing ill-fitting shoes, hereditary predisposition, or sustaining an injury to the toe. While ingrown toenails may initially seem like a minor inconvenience, they can escalate into significant discomfort if left untreated.

Comprehensive Examination and Diagnosis

At WeTreatFeet Podiatry, the first step in addressing ingrown toenails is a thorough examination and diagnosis. Our podiatrists will carefully assess the condition, taking into account the patient’s medical history and any underlying factors that may contribute to the problem. This standard evaluation allows the team to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Major Causes of Ingrown Toenails

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Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

Pain and Tenderness

One of the first signs is pain along one or both sides of the toenail. This tenderness is usually noticeable when pressure is applied to the toe


The skin adjacent to the ingrown toenail may appear red and feel warm to the touch, indicating inflammation


The affected toe can become swollen and puffy due to the irritation and inflammation caused by the ingrown nail


If the ingrown toenail breaks the skin, it can lead to an infection. Signs of infection include increased redness, warmth, swelling, and drainage of pus

Overgrowth of Skin

In chronic cases, there might be an overgrowth of skin around the affected nail

Hardening of the Skin

The skin around the ingrown toenail may become hardened or thicker

Painful to Walk

Due to the tenderness and swelling, it can become painful to walk or wear shoes


Rarely, the area might bleed, especially if pressure is put on the toe

Conservative Treatments

For mild cases of ingrown toenails, WeTreatFeet Podiatry employs conservative treatments that aim to alleviate pain and encourage proper nail growth. These treatments may include soaking the affected toe in warm water, gently lifting the ingrown edge of the nail, and placing a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail to promote upward growth. The podiatrists may also provide guidance on appropriate nail trimming techniques and footwear choices to prevent further irritation.

Advanced Procedures

In more severe or recurrent cases of ingrown toenails, We Treat Feet Podiatry offers advanced procedures to provide long-term relief. One such procedure is a partial nail avulsion, where the problematic portion of the nail is carefully removed to allow healthy regrowth of that nail.  Often, if the nail is growing under the skin, a chemical can be applied that makes a small portion of the nail not regrow.  This minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring patient comfort during the process. We Treat Feet Podiatry’s skilled podiatrists use their expertise to precisely trim the nail, eliminating the ingrown section, and alleviating the pain.

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Post-Treatment Care and Prevention

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