What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a condition that occurs when the nail becomes curved downward and grows into the skin. This typically occurs on the borders of the nail resulting in the nail causing irritation to the skin resulting in pain, redness, swelling. If the nail causes a break in the skin, this can possibly result in infection.
What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails can be caused by numerous reasons including trauma, such as having something fall on your toe, stubbing your toe, and engaging in activities which results in repeated pressure on the toes, such as running. They can also be inherited from your parents. The most common cause however is improper trimming of the nails. Certain conditions can also make you more prone to ingrown toenails such as fungal nail infections.
Oral antibiotics may be prescribed in cases where an infection is present. Surgical procedures including in office nail avulsions can be performed where either a part of the nail or the entire nail is removed. Permanent removal can be performed where Dr. Pajouh will destroy or remove the nail matrix/root. This treatment is done to prevent the recurrence of an ingrown toenail. Dr. Pajouh will discuss the best treatment option for you as different patients require different treatments. Make an appointment today with Dr. Jonathan Pajouh to further discuss treatment options and which treatment option best fits you.