Get the Answers to Treat Your Foot Injury Right in Our Podiatry FAQ
Our Issaquah podiatrists have heard a lot of questions over the years, and we’ve compiled the most popular on one page to help future patients. Visit our FAQ for quick answers on bunions, neuromas, corns, ingrown toenails, and more.
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What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails occur when bacteria gets trapped between your toenail and skin, usually near the borders of the toenail. This causes a localized infection to occur which results in pain, swelling, redness and increased warmth. There does appear to be a hereditary component to the development of ingrown toenails but, trauma, improper trimming and poor fitting shoes can contribute to the development as well.
What should be done with my ingrown toenails?
Do not attempt to remove infected nails on your own. If you notice an increase of swelling, pain or any discharge is present; the toenail is likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist.
Contact us if you are experiencing painful ingrown toenails, especially if you believe the condition worsening or you have diabetes or circulation issues. Addressing this condition early will help in the prevention of infection and other complications. Ingrown toenails can be very painful and can be treated easily depending upon the severity.