Ingrown Toenails result when the corners or sides of the nail pierce the surrounding skin. This painful condition begins with nails that are hard and swollen. If left untreated, the nails may become sore, infected, and overgrown by a shield of skin.
Frequently, ingrown toenails are caused by improper nail care; however, shoe pressure, foot injury, fungal infection or poor foot structure may also be at fault. The condition is more common among women than men. It can be hereditary.
Dr. Marso has many care options for ingrown toenails. He may prescribe simple home care through foot soaks and loose-fitting shoes and socks. In other cases he may prescribe antibiotics, or even remove part of the nail surgically through a partial nail plate avulsion.