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Scalp, Hair and Nails

Picture of Ingrown Toenail

Picture of Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail occurs when edges from a a nail intrudes into the surrounding skin. It most commonly occurs on the big toe as a result of improper nail trimming or wearing shoes that are too tight. The condition may cause pain and, redness, and can lead to infection. Trimming the toenail straight across without tapering at the ends may help prevent ingrown toenails. In some cases, a doctor or podiatrist may perform minor surgery to remove part of the nail, the nail bed, and excess skin to correct the problem.

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Text Reference: "Ingrown Toenail." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.