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Ingrown Toenail Infections

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain and swelling. This often happens due to improper nail trimming, wearing tight shoes, or having naturally curved nails. When the toenail pierces the skin, it can create an entry point for bacteria, leading to an infection. Signs of an infected ingrown toenail can include redness, swelling, warmth, and pus. If the infection is not treated, it can worsen, leading to severe pain, increased swelling, and potentially serious complications such as spreading the infection or a bone infection. To treat an ingrown toenail infection, start by soaking the affected foot in warm, soapy water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. After soaking, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a clean bandage. Avoid wearing tight shoes and opt for open-toed footwear to reduce pressure on the toe. If the infection persists or worsens, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide proper treatment, which may include minor procedures to remove part of the nail and prevent further issues.

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 Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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