Ingrown Toenail


 

An ingrown toenail—also referred to as onychocryptosis—is a common problem that occurs when the edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin next to the nail. When this happens, the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, which causes inflammation. This inflammation initially presents itself as a minor discomfort, but it could potentially become a recurring problem or become infected

 

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

This condition is quite common—especially in athletes—and it is mostly found in the big toe. Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, and they are common for both men and women. The most common causes of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Irregular, curved nails
  • Poor-fitting footwear
  • Trauma
  • Poor posture
  • Cutting toenails incorrectly

Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can cause no pain at all, or they can be very painful—it depends on the severity and cause of the condition. The most common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain and tenderness along the side of the toenail
  • Redness around the toenail
  • Swelling in your toe
  • Pus draining from the area

Most of these symptoms do not require medical attention, but you should see a doctor if you experience extreme discomfort in your toe or if you have diabetes or any other conditions that cause poor circulation to your feet.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

Dr. Bregman will perform an exam and may perform an x-ray if the ingrown toenail was caused by an injury, or to show how deep the nail is or if there is a tumor present.   

If your ingrown toenail has not gone away with conservative treatment, Dr. Bregman may recommend a simple in-office procedure, this involves removing either all or or a portion of the toenail.  We can use a chemical to permanently kill the nail bed so this is little to no chance of recurrence. Contact Dr. Bregman for more information about ingrown toenail treatment today. It is a simple 10 minute in office procedure.  If you have had more than 2 cases of this we recommend the procedure which has little to no pain.

Location
Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center
7150 West Sunset Rd., #110
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Phone: 702-703-2526
Fax: 877-679-7742
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