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Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are very common but do have the ability to cause extreme discomfort. If the corners of a toenail begin to grow downward and inward while digging into the skin, then an ingrown toenail is forming. Ingrown toenails cause redness, discomfort, and swelling. Footwear is one of the root causes of ingrown toenails. Tight-fitting or high-heeled shoes can cause the big toe to become compacted, which can easily result in an ingrown toenail. Sports that put repetitive force on the toe can lead to the nail growing incorrectly, therefore proper footwear when participating in sports is essential to minimizing the risk of ingrown toenails. While certain footwear can result in ingrown toenails, the best way to avoid this affliction is to regularly clip your toenails. Toenails should be clipped directly across, so that the edges are less likely to dig into the skin. It is suggested to speak with a podiatrist if you feel that you may have an ingrown toenail and need treatment.

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 Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M of Florida. Dr. Klein 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 Saint Petersburg, FL.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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