TREATMENTS: Ingrown Toenail


Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.

The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.


What is an Ingrown Toenail?

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, ingrown nails are the most common nail problem. Toenails should grow straight out, straight forward. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. If you trim your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, you may set the stage for an ingrown toenail.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin bacteria may enter and it may get red and infected, and feel very sore. You may see puss in and around the area and the skin may start to grown over the nail.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

An ingrown toenail is the result of the nail curving downward and growing into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.

Sometimes initial treatment for ingrown toenails can be safely executed at home. However, strongly discourage this home treatment if you suspect you have an infection may be present.

Ingrown toenails often recur. If you have a chronic problem with an ingrown toenail, your doctor may recommend another surgical procedure in which the toenail’s formative part is permanently removed.


Cut your toenails in a fairly straight line, and don’t cut them too short. The length of your toenail should extend out past your skin. The top of each nail should form a straight line across, level with the top of your toe.

Overall you should:

  • Avoid poorly-fitting shoes. Don’t wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe box. Also avoid shoes that are loose, because they too cause pressure on the toes, especially when you run or walk fast.
  • Don’t pick at your toenails or tear them off.
  • Make sure your shoes and socks are not too tight.
  • Keep your feet clean at all times.
  • Trim your nails properly. As mentioned, trimming your toenails straight across with no rounded corners can lower your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. You should be able to get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail.

Final Words on Ingrown Toenail Help

How does one really put an end to painful ingrown toenails? Go to your Fort Myers Foot Specialist, your certified podiatrist that has had success treating these kinds of ailments. Our success equates the pain being gone and the ingrown part of the nail doesn’t come back.

Also, you should see a podiatrist immediately if any drainage or excessive redness is present around the toenail. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should seek immediate treatment at the first signs of an ingrown toenail, as it can lead to more severe complications.

Remember your Fort Myers Podiatrist can remove the ingrown portion of the nail and may prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat the infection. If the condition becomes a chronic problem, the doctor can perform a procedure to permanently prevent ingrown nails.

So be aware that if you try home treatments, some “do-it-yourself” treatment, you may not achieve the desired results and can in fact create a larger problem. Especially if you are a diabetic. Diabetics should receive route foot check ups, in particular, at the first sign of any non-optimal foot issue.

It is common for ingrown toenail pain to persist indefinitely if left untreated. Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with ingrown toenail treatments. So if you’re looking for the best ingrown toenail foot care in Fort Myers, contact us today.

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