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How Did I Develop an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails are a common foot condition. They can be very painful, and treatment is often promptly sought for relief. It is defined as the nail on the big toe that grows into the skin instead of over it, and it may become infected. This can cause bleeding, and pus may drain from it. An ingrown toenail can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or from improperly trimming the toenails. This ailment may be common among athletes who can have feet that frequently sweat, and the nail may easily puncture the skin. The symptoms that many people experience with an ingrown toenail include swelling surrounding the affected toe, redness, and pain. Mild relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water. This also may make it easier to gently pull the skin away from the nail. If you have developed this foot condition, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent relief options.

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 Fox Valley 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 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 Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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