Ingrown toenails are caused by the border of the toenail curving into the skin surrounding the nail. As the nail “ingrows”, it actually begins to act as a “foreign body”. The body then tries to “wall off” the nail, thus producing a great deal of pain and inflammation and eventually infection. The large toes are usually the ones mostly affected, but this can occur on any toe. This can be a very disabling condition, preventing comfortable walking with shoes and participation in recreational activities. With modern technology, ingrown toenails can be permanently removed in the office under local anesthesia, the offending nail border is removed and the root of the nail, from which the nail grows, is permanently destroyed with either a chemical or a laser beam. Only t b irritating part of the nail is removed and the remainder of the nail is left completely intact. It is only under close scrutiny that anyone can tell that a procedure has actually been performed on the nail. Patients can resume their normal activities within one day of this procedure.
If this condition is not appropriately treated, the problem will probably continue to recur. Home remedies such as cutting a “V” in the toenail, or cutting back the nail plate, will probably not eradicate the problem.