Ingrown toenails are a common problem which occurs when the nail grows into the sides of the toe causing redness, irritation, and swelling. An ingrown toenail can progress into a serious infection if not treated correctly.
There are numerous causes of ingrown toenails such as ill-fitting shoes that squeeze the feet, cutting the side of toenails or cutting them too short, and even genetics. To avoid ingrown toenails, it is important to trim toenails straight across and do not trim the sides. Once an ingrown toenail occurs it is highly likely that it will continue to reoccur until treated.
Ingrown toenails can usually be treated at home by soaking the foot in warm water, however if an infection or intense pain occurs, a podiatrist should be contacted to thoroughly clean and treat the nail.