Ingrown toenails are a common illness which can cause severe pain. Ingrown toenails can become infected, swollen and embarrassing. There are several surgical and non-surgical treatment options. The treatment options are tailored to each patient’s needs and condition. An ingrown toenail is caused due to the pressure of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. After the nail breaks through the skin, inflammation starts. The infection can result in severe pain. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large toes and can become a reoccurring problem. The principle benefit of ingrown toenail surgery is to provide a permanent solution to chronic pain, discomfort or infection affecting the toe. If left untreated, chronic ingrown toenails can in some circumstances lead to severe infections, affecting the toe bones and causing a deep infection known as osteomyelitis, which can be very difficult to treat.
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