A toenail becomes ingrown when the corner and/or the side edge of the nail pushes into the skin, piercing the sensitive soft flesh, and continues to grow like that. Ingrown toenails are most common in big toes.
Ingrown toenails are usually caused by trimming toenails too short and not straight across, and commonly occur on the sides of the big toes. They may also be caused by pressure from shoes that are too tight or short, injury, fungus infection, heredity, or poor foot structure.
We will perform a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms. If conservative treatment fails, we may recommend further solutions.
If you have persistent, severe pain with increasing reddening and pus around the ingrown toenail, it’s important to contact Nagy Footcare, your New Hampshire podiatrist, because you may have an infection and need to remove the toenail by having ingrown toenail surgery.