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Causes and Management of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a common foot ailment, occur when the edges of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, and swelling. Factors such as cutting toenails too short and rounding them, or wearing tight-fitting shoes can contribute to the development of an ingrown toenail. To manage ingrown toenails, practicing good foot hygiene by washing feet regularly, changing socks, and cutting toenails straight across is essential. Gentle pushing of the skin away from the nail can also provide relief. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, seeking professional help is suggested. A podiatrist can provide the appropriate treatment options, which may include surgical intervention to remove part or all of the toenail, if necessary. If an ingrown toenail is affecting your daily activities or has become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized care and effective treatment. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctors of Utica. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Herkimer, and New Hartford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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