An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the side of one of the toenails has grown or is growing into the skin that surrounds the nail. As you can imagine, this causes pain in the affected toe (most commonly the big toe). The pain is often intensified by putting your feet into shoes, especially ones that are too tight.
The reason that many ingrown toenails are formed links back to footwear and toenail hygiene! When toenails are trimmed too short, they often begin to grow sideways into the skin. Shoes and socks that are too tight cause nails to become curved. This can lead to this toenail malady as well.
If not treated properly, ingrown toenails can cause infections. For those that have diabetes, this is a serious matter that will need to be taken care of immediately. Dr. Evan Merrill is a trained and board-certified podiatrist, and can take care of your ingrown toenails today!