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An ingrown toenail, a common yet uncomfortable condition, occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This often happens on the big toenail. Typical signs include redness and swelling around the affected area, and pain and tenderness when pressure is applied to the toe. More severe cases may involve an infection, which is often indicated by pus or fluid buildup. Some people might also notice the skin next to the nail becoming harder or the nail itself appearing overly curved or thickened. These symptoms not only cause discomfort but can also restrict footwear choices and make walking or standing painful. Recognizing these signs early is important for seeking appropriate treatment to prevent the condition from worsening and to alleviate the discomfort it causes. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist, a foot doctor who can effectively treat this condition. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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