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Dealing With an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail of the big toe grows into the surrounding nail bed instead of over it. The main symptom of an ingrown toenail is pain, especially when wearing tight shoes and socks or putting pressure on the toe. If left untreated, the area around the ingrown toenail can become inflamed and red, while fluid builds up as a protective measure. If infected, white or yellow pus may form. The major cause of an ingrown toenail is improper foot care, particularly when the toenails are cut too short or rounded on the edges instead of straight across. Other causes are wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, an injury like stubbing the toe, or sweaty feet. Prevention of an ingrown toenail begins with keeping your feet clean and dry, changing socks regularly, and cutting toenails straight across. Next, wear comfortable shoes that allow the toes to move around rather than being squeezed together. If an ingrown toenail becomes too painful or infected, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM of Georgia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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