Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection as dirt, bacteria, and sock fibers accumulate. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming, but also by shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure.
Toenails should be trimmed straight across, slightly longer than the end of the toe, with toenail clippers. There are some instances for rounded toenails that the ends may be trimmed following the rounded contour of the nail.
If they become painful or infected, contact our office. We may remove the ingrown portion of the nail and if the condition recurs frequently, may permanently remove the side of the nail.