Ingrown toe nails are generally caused by poor nail cutting technique, curved nails or sharp nail edges. They may also be caused by shoe pressure (from shoes that are too tight or short), injury, fungus infection, heredity, or poor foot structure. Ingrown toe nails occur when the corners or sides of the toe nail dig into the skin, often causing infection.
A common ailment, ingrown toe nails can be painful. Ingrown toenails start out hard, swollen, and tender. Left untreated, they may become sore, red, and infected and the skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail.
In most cases, treating ingrown toe nail treatment is simple. Your podiatrist will soften the surrounding skin then gently lift and cut out the offending nail edge. In most cases this will only take a few minutes and is relatively painless.
In more serious or chronic in grown toe nails a local anesthetic may be used before hand to numb the toe before the procedure.
For re-occurring in grown toe nails there are permanent treatment options available. A partial toe nail removal is a safe and permanent way to prevent in grown toe nails from coming back. The procedure is completed in less than 30 minutes and you can walk out once your finished.