A common everyday problem of children, young adults and senior citizens, we receive countless referrals from pediatricians and family practice physicians.
Ingrown toenails, where the toenail begins to grow into the skin surrounding it, often begin as nothing but a nuisance. Unfortunately, they can lead to infection if not properly treated.
Symptoms and Treatment
Ingrown toenails are characterized by pain, swelling, and redness in the affected toe. If the nail digs into the flesh around the nail and causes the skin to break, bacteria can enter, resulting in an infection.
If you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or poor circulation, you should see your podiatrist at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. Whatever you do, do not attempt to cut the nail free your own! This can worsen the infection, or create one where there wasn’t one before.