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Painful Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Ingrown toenails, a common foot ailment, occur when the toenail's edge grows into the surrounding skin, often causing pain, redness, and swelling. This condition can affect any toe but is most frequently seen on the big toe. The causes of ingrown toenails are diverse, typically stemming from improper nail trimming, where cutting the nail too short or rounding its edges can encourage it to grow into the skin. Wearing ill-fitting shoes that compress the toes or trauma to the nail can also trigger ingrowth. Additionally, some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to ingrown toenails due to the natural shape of their nails. Hygiene also plays a role, as fungal infections can thicken the nail, making it more likely to become ingrown. If not addressed promptly, ingrown toenails can lead to infections, making early care essential for foot health. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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