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Development of Ingrown Toenails

The occurrence of ingrown toenails stems from a combination of factors that can make even the simplest of tasks, like walking, a painful ordeal. Typically, ingrown toenails develop when the edges of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin, leading to irritation, inflammation, and discomfort. Wearing tight-fitting shoes, improper nail trimming techniques, or inherent nail shape abnormalities can contribute to this condition. When nails are cut too short or rounded instead of straight across, the likelihood of developing an ingrown toenail increases. Additionally, injury or trauma to the toe can prompt the nail to grow inward. Poor foot hygiene and fungal infections further exacerbate the risk. Understanding the hows and whys behind ingrown toenails emphasizes the importance of proper nail care, choosing comfortable footwear, and promptly addressing any signs of infection. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may require medical attention. If you have significant pain or notice signs of infection from an ingrown toenail, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? 

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenails of the big toe are usually affected, however, an ingrown toenail can happen on any toe. Sometimes, the area can become infected leading to potentially serious complications. The ingrown toenail may be caused by improper trimming of the toenail, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury to the nail.


The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Pus or drainage from the affected nail or a fever may indicate an infection of the area. 


Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrown toenail. In less severe cases, home treatment may be adequate. Soaking the affected foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail from the skin with a piece of clean cotton can help. In more severe cases, you may need to use topical or oral antibiotics to treat an infection. Surgical removal of the ingrown toenail may be required if more conservative treatments fail. 

Ingrown toenails may be prevented by wearing well-fitted shoes and properly trimming the toenails. Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short when using nail clippers. 

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

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