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The Realities of Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and potential infection. Typically affecting the big toe, ingrown toenails can result from a variety of factors. Improper nail trimming, such as rounding the corners or cutting them too short, increases the likelihood of ingrowth. Wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can exert pressure on the toes, contributing to the development of ingrown nails. Additionally, injury or trauma to the toe, genetic predisposition, and underlying health conditions like fungal infections or diabetes can elevate the risk. Ignoring ingrown toenails can lead to complications, including infections that may require medical intervention. Seeking timely attention from a podiatrist for ingrown toenails can help alleviate discomfort and prevent potential complications. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer successful treatment options, which may include minor surgery for relief.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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