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Surgery and Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Ingrown toenails are considered to be a painful foot condition that occurs due to the nail growing into the skin instead of over it. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include redness, swelling, and oozing if the toe becomes infected. Ingrown toenails may result from a toe injury or improperly trimming the nails. As the first symptoms appear, the toe may feel better when it is soaked in warm water and a piece of cotton is used to gently push the skin away from the nail. This is considered to be a temporary solution for mild relief. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to perform which can permanently correct the nail. This procedure generally takes one hour and it is beneficial to have it performed at the end of the day followed by resting the foot. If you have recurring ingrown toenails it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely and effectively treat this condition.

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 Dr. Edward D. Hutson of Easton, PA. . 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 offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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