What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a toenail that grows into the surrounding skin or tissue of the toe. The toenail on the big toe is the one that is most commonly ingrown.
How does it occur?
An ingrown toenail usually occurs as a result of improper nail trimming. If a nail is cut curved instead of straight across, it may grow into the flesh at the edge of the nail.
Nails may also become ingrown as a result of direct blows or from wearing shoes or boots that are too tight.
What are the symptoms?
An area around the corners and edge of the toenail is painful. The toe may be swollen and red. There may be drainage. A toe with an ingrown toenail that becomes infected will be red and swollen and will have pus.
How is it diagnosed?
Your Gonzaba Urgent Care healthcare provider will examine your toe.
Our medical staff at Gonzaba Urgent Care is dedicated to provide you the best care for your medical needs. For more information ingrown toenails, please contact Gonzaba Urgent Care (210)921-6600.