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Possible Surgery to Heal Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common foot ailment among many patients. It occurs as a result of the toenail growing into the side edges of the nail, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. It may develop when there is inadequate room in the toe area of shoes that are worn, or from improperly trimming the toenails. Some of the symptoms patients often experience with this condition can consist of swelling, redness on or around the affected area, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge coming from the nail. It may be beneficial to soak the foot in warm water, which can help to soften the nail. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment option for you, which may involve surgery to partially remove the affected nail.

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 Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Lancaster, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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