Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the toenail turns downward and presses into the skin or when the nail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be very painful and limit activities of daily living. Once the skin is punctured, the area is vulnerable to infection. Usual signs of infection include redness, swelling, warmth, pain and sometimes a weeping discharge.

If ingrown toenails reoccur, a permanent solution may be necessary. An appropriate medical practitioner can remove a small portion of the toenail under local anesthetic.

  • Pain or pressure along the edge of the nail
  • May be warm, red, or swollen
  • May have a discharge
  • Improper cutting of toenail
  • Trauma
  • Tight fitting hose and/or footwear
  • Congenital deformity
  • Chronic disease – ie: arthritis causing toes to curl
  • Cut toenails straight across
  • Proper fitting hose and footwear
  • If painful or infected, seek medical attention immediately

Clients with diabetes or poor circulations are encouraged to seek professional help.

While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, it is provided for information purposes only. Neither the MAFCN not its members are responsible or liable for any claim or personal injury, which may occur as a result of using this information. Any reliance on the information is solely at the users own risk. It is not the intention of the MAFCN or its member’s to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their foot problems. It you have a foot problem please contact a medical professional.