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Managing Infected Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a common problem causing pain and inconvenience, can affect anyone. However, they are most frequently seen in young adults and adolescents. These toenails usually affect the big toe but can affect other toes as well. Causes of ingrown toenails include direct trauma to the toe, genetic predisposition, improper nail trimming, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. There are three stages of ingrown toenails. Stage one involves redness, slight swelling, and pain at the lateral nail fold. Stage two presents with increased pain, discharge from the nail edge, and signs of bacterial paronychia. In stage three, hypertrophic granulation tissue forms on the lateral wall. Treatment ranges from the conservative to surgery. If you have an ingrown toenail, particularly if it appears infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to have the affected nail evaluated, and proper treatment given.

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 Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. 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 Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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