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Flint Office
1303 S. Linden Rd., Suite D
Flint, MI 48532

Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be a painful and persistent issue, usually affecting the big toe and causing discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes bleeding. An ingrown toenail often results from wearing tight shoes, foot injuries, genetics, or poor foot care. When the curved edges of the nail pierce into the surrounding skin, pressure builds up, leading to pain, inflammation, tenderness, and redness. Beyond conservative treatments, there are two primary surgical methods for treatment, which are referred to as partial nail avulsion and total nail avulsion. Both are conducted under local anesthesia. Partial nail avulsion involves removing a portion of the nail, known as a wedge resection. The procedure trims one or both edges of the nail to make it narrower and give it a straight edge. This ingrown toenail treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and has a high success rate. With total nail avulsion, the entire nail is removed. This procedure is often reserved for those with recurrent issues or who are unresponsive to other less invasive ingrown toenail treatments. Proactive toenail care and early intervention are key to addressing ingrown toenails effectively. To manage an exceedingly painful or infected ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, in addition to determining if surgery is best for you.

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 Community Podiatry Group. 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 our office located in Flint, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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