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ingrown toenail3Ingrown toenails, the most common toenail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection. Normally, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, the corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. Most often this occurs in the big toe, but other toes can also be affected. Left untreated or undetected, an infected, ingrown toenail can infect the nearby bone, leading to a serious infection.

A common treatment option is soaking the foot in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, and then placing dry cotton under the corner of the nail. If the condition worsens, surgery may be required to remove the part of the nail that is growing underneath the skin.

If you have an ingrown toenail that has become painful or infected, contact Southeast Podiatry. We will examine the toe and recommend the best course of action which may be the removal of the ingrown portion of the nail. If the condition reoccurs frequently, we may permanently remove the nail.

Please call us at Southeast Podiatry to make an appointment with Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Bradford Egly.