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Surgery and Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are considered to be a painful foot condition that occurs due to the nail growing into the skin instead of over it. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include redness, swelling, and oozing if the toe becomes infected. Ingrown toenails may result from a toe injury or improperly trimming the nails. As the first symptoms appear, the toe may feel better when it is soaked in warm water and a piece of cotton is used to gently push the skin away from the nail. This is considered to be a temporary solution for mild relief. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to perform which can permanently correct the nail. This procedure generally takes one hour and it is beneficial to have it performed at the end of the day followed by resting the foot. If you have recurring ingrown toenails it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely and effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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