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One of the most common diagnosis that we see in our practice is ingrown toenails. Children often hide this foot problem from their parents because of fear of going to the doctor. We consider the treatment for ingrown toenails to be virtually painless and we understand the anxiety that children as well as adults have before they come to see us. Let's talk a little about what an ingrown toenail is and how we treat this common foot condition.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail curves sideways into the skin alongside the nail. This can cause pain, especially when wearing tight shoes. It can also lead to an infection with redness and swelling. Ingrown toenails can be caused from trimming your own nails too closely, trauma to the nail, a family history of ingrown toenails, and sometimes pedicures.

The side of the nail will need to be removed in order to stop the pain and release any infection present. If there is a lot of redness and swelling, then an antibotic may also be used. The redness and pain should begin to go away within 48 hours. It will take about two weeks for the exposed nail bed to become dry and all the swelling to go down.

If only the side of the nail was removed it will begin to grow back in a few months. To prevent recurrence, that side of the nail bed may be treated with a strong chemical to prevent the nail from regrowing.

We utilized techniques such as topical freezing spray so that most of the time you do not feel the injection. We have had much experience over the years easing anxiety before the procedure. We are able to correct the ingrown toenail the day of the office visit and follow you closely to make sure the healing process goes well.



Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail starts to curve into the skin along the side of the nail.  There a number of reasons that ingrown toenails can develop.  Just like you inherit genes for eyes and hair color you can also inherit that way your toenails grow. The way your toenail is shaped can cause you to be more prone to developing ingrown nails.  Playing sports and wearing a tighter toe box shoe can also cause ingrown nails from the constant pressing of the skin into the nail.  If you notice your child complaining of pain around their toenail, look for signs of an ingrown nail such as sweilling and  redness around the skin surrounding the nail.  Initially home treatment such as soaking in Epsom salts and applying antibiotic ointment can help to soften the skin surrounding the nail.  Using a band-aide can help to protect and alleviate pressure in shoes which could increase the severity of pain.  If the puffiness or redness in the skin persists, then you should call and make an appointment. Attempting to remove the ingrown nail at home bathroom surgery) is risky and could potentially cause an infection. 

Feel free to contact us at our West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant offices for same day/week appointments.