Most people put others off when they hear them complain of the pain they have with an ingrown toenail. Others dismiss it as a small and insignificant problem. "Why are you complaining," they say, "after all it is just an ingrown toenail?" Then something funny happens. These same people that said it was nothing develop an ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis, themselves and come limping into my office in extreme pain. They say they did not realize how painful an ingrown toenail could be, that even the bed sheets cause extreme pain to the affected toe. They cannot wear a shoe and never realized what a problem an ingrown toenail could be.
These often neglected ingrown toenails can become infected and swollen. The toe becomes red and the skin around the nail becomes enlarged. The skin seems to pop out from around the edge of the nail. Drainage in the area can be from clear fluids to pus. The side of the toe and the area around the cuticle can become irritated and infected. Left untreated long enough, the toe bone can get infected, making for a serious complication.
Ingrown toenails can be caused from hereditary reasons, injury to the nail and nail bed, infection, improper trimming of the toenails, and many times after a pedicure. If you have any discomfort, see your foot doctor for care. Stay away from attempting bathroom surgery on your own, as this usually makes the problem worse!
Treatment for ingrown toenails is a simple procedure performed in the podiatrist's office. People leave stating they did not realize that relief could be so quick. They wonder why did they wait so long and become excellent referral sources.