What Are Ingrown Toenails?

An ingrown toenail, also known as an onychocryptosis, forms when a portion of the toenail penetrates the skin often causing an infection. Ingrown nails are generally very painful and require medical attention. At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified foot and ankle specialists provide treatment options for those suffering from ingrown nails. If you or a loved one are suffering from ingrown nails, turn to the experts at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

What Are Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails?

Because ingrown toenails pierce the skin, patients suffering from ingrown nails are at a very high risk of infection.  As the nail continues to grow the patient will experience pain and tenderness.   To properly treat an ingrown toenail a specialist will remove the portion of the nail that is penetrating the skin.   Once the ingrown nail has been removed antibiotics are used to prevent infection and allow the nail bed to heal.

In severe cases a surgical treatment approach may be necessary.  These procedures generally require local anesthetic and a partial or complete nail removal.  Patients who do not respond well to less aggressive treatments are generally good candidates for ingrown nail surgery. Though no two cases are exactly alike, an ingrown nail often results from one of the following:

What Are the Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails?

  • Tight, ill-fitting shoes
  • Trauma to the foot
  • Pressure from other toes
  • Jagged or poorly cut toe nails
  • Misshaped/curved toenail(s)

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our foot and ankle specialists provide ingrown toenail treatment options for patients suffering from varying degrees of pain associated with ingrown nails.  Whether you are suffering from a moderate to severe ingrown nail; our specialists are here to help you through every step of the treatment process.  If you are interested in learning more about how we can help treat and prevent an ingrown nail reoccurrence, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.