An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, and possibly infection. The big toe is most commonly affected. It can be caused by wearing tight shoes or simply cutting your toenail incorrectly.
In milder cases, you can treat an ingrown toenail by soaking your toe in warm water and placing a tiny piece of cotton underneath the edge of the nail. However, if an ingrown toenail leads to infection, a podiatrist may have to drain the area or perform minor surgery to cut away the section of your nail that is pressing into your skin. You can prevent ingrown toenails by keeping your nails neatly manicured and by wearing properly fitting shoes.
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To determine the cause of the pain in your feet, heels, arches, or ankles, call Galbraith Sanchez Podiatry Group in Wichita, KS to schedule an appointment. We will do everything we can to figure out what is making you hurt and then devise the right kind of treatment for your needs. When you are ready to come to visit us, please download and fill out the New Patient Form linked below.