Does your big toe turn red, swell and throb near the nail? What’s the culprit?

It may be an in-grown toenail; the result of your nail growing into the surrounding skin.

In-grown nails may be inherited or it may be due to injury, fungal infections or pressure on the toe. Improper trimming can also be the culprit. Whatever the cause, an untreated in-grown toenail can hurt from the tip to the base of the toe.  The pain usually flares up around the nail while you’re walking.

An in-grown toenail can become infected, especially diabetic individuals.  Evaluation and treatment are simple office procedures and sometimes include a trim or partial nail removal. A chemical can be applied to permanently prevent the in-grown part from coming back.

If you think you have an in-grown toenail, don’t wait for the pain to get worse and for an infection to set in.  Contact Dr. Smith’s office for an appointment