Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a very common condition in which the side of the toenail grows into the soft skin of the toe. This results in redness, pain, swelling and eventually infection. An ingrown toenail is most common on the big toes but may affect any toe. There is a hereditary component to ingrown toenails.

If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications from an ingrown toenail

Causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Heredity. In many people, the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited. At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, we always ask about a family history of painful toenails.
  • Trauma. Sometimes an ingrown toenail is due to trauma, such as hitting your toe during activites or dropping soemthing on the toe.
  • Incorrect trimming. Cutting the toenails too short can allow the skin next to the nail to grow over the nail and cause pain.
  • Shoes that are too small. Ingrown toenails can result from wearing socks or shoes that are too tight or short. This pushes the skin on the side of the toe over the nail and causes toe pain.

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Sometimes treatment for ingrown toenails can be safely attempted at home using Epsom salt soaks a couple of times a day and applying polysporin to the affected nail border. This is strongly discouraged if an infection is suspected, or for those who have medical conditions that put feet at high risk, such as being on blood thinner, or having diabetes or poor circulation.

Avoid “bathroom surgery” as this can worsen the condition or lead to repeated ingrown toenails or infection. If your symptoms fail to improve in a couple of days, please call the office at 903-872-9910. We have four convenient locations in Waxahachie, Ennis, Corsicana and Mexia and same day appointments may be available. Over 10,000 happy patients have had ingrown toenails corrected at Family Foot & Ankle. We cater to cowards so call us today. Don’t let another doctor practice on YOU.

Waxahachie 600 Ferris Ave. Suite A Waxahachie, TX 75165
  • Phone: (972) 597-4132
  • Fax: (855) 874-7393
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Ennis 601 S. Clay St. Suite #105 Ennis, TX 75119
  • Phone: (972) 875-3668
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  • Monday - Friday (8am - 5pm)
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Corsicana 3229 W. 7th Ave Corsicana, TX 75110
  • Phone: (903) 872-9910
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  • Monday - Friday (8am -5pm)
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Mexia 514 S. Bonham St., Suite D Mexia, TX 76667
  • Phone: (254) 523-4803
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  • Monday 9am - 5pm
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