Painful ingrown nails may
be congenital, caused by an overcurvature of the nail, or an imbalance between the width
of the nail plate and the nail bed.
Toe injuries that change the
nail's contour also can lead to an ingrown toenail. Toe deformities (such as a bunion that
forces the big toe to lean toward the second toe), high-heeled or narrow, pointed shoes
can put pressure between the nail and soft tissues, eventually forcing the nail to grow
into the skin.
Symptoms: Redness, swelling and infection make the toe very painful.
Ingrown nails can be accompanied by other toe disorders, such as excess
surrounding tissues or an outgrowth of bone beneath the nail.
Surgery is often necessary to ease the pain and remove the offending
nail. Only a portion of the nail may be removed. If the entire nail is affected or there
is a severe nail deformity, the nail plate and matrix (the cells that grow the nail) may
be completely removed.
Of course no two people are the same. We would be happy to discuss
your unique foot condition. You can always reach us:
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