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An ingrown toenail is one of the most common foot conditions to develop, particularly among adolescents, though for unknown reasons. In more common cases, an infection caused by an ingrown toenail may be treated by prescription antibiotics. But while this may clear the immediate infection, if the nail continues to cut into the flesh the infection can return. In extreme cases, the entire toenail may need to be removed. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment for your case.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
December 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail can cause serious pain and discomfort. This unfortunate condition can occur in anyone and cause complications like ingrown toenailinfection. Luckily, you can treat and even prevent ingrown toenails with the help of your doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Huntley and Schaumburg, IL.

Do I have an ingrown toenail? 
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin around the nail bed, curling downwards and sometimes breaking the skin. The signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • pain along the sides of the toenail
  • swelling around the toenail
  • redness and irritation
  • infection
  • drainage of pus or fluid

Ingrown Toenail Prevention
Preventing ingrown toenails and other foot-related conditions is especially important for diabetics who experience nerve damage causing the feet to lose feeling. You can avoid ingrown toenails by taking some simple precautions. Wear shoes which give your toes plenty of room to lie flat and do not cause the toes to point inward. Cut your toenails straight across and always wear fresh socks and keep your feet dry and clean.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Huntley and Schaumburg 
Treatment for ingrown toenails varies depending on the severity of the condition. In some cases, an ingrown toenail may require a simple treatment involving lifting the nail and placing a piece of cotton underneath to help it grow straight across rather than curl inward. In some more severe cases, your podiatrist may remove part of the nail. Your doctor may numb the nail using local anesthetic during this procedure. Patients who have a very severe ingrown toenail or reoccurring ingrown toenails on the same toe may require removal of the entire nail and nail bed.

For more information on ingrown toenail treatments or prevention, please contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Huntley and Schaumburg, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

A recent study conducted at the University of Nottingham found that trimming nails too often may actually lead to certain nail problems including ingrown toenails. After examining how the nails stick to the nail bed and grow forward, researchers found that cutting the nails daily puts a certain force on the nail that can make nails grow too slow or too fast as well as causing additional problems.

Lead study author, Cynthia Rauch, also used the research to find ways to avoid ingrown nail problems. She states, “Looking at our results, we suggest that nail beauty fanatics who trim their nails on a daily basis opt for straight or parabolic edges, as otherwise they may amplify the imbalance of stresses which could lead to a number of serious conditions.”

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult with one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will confirm your diagnosis and do everything they can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

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

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.


There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices located in Illinois. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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