If a nail is not cut correctly or if it is too heavily curved, the edges or the pointy spurs can break through the skin on the toes.  This then causes painful swelling which can lead to a skin infection, sometimes reaching the muscular tissue and even the bone.  An underlying bone disease or genetic predisposition can also cause recurrent ingrown toenails.


The inflammation caused by ingrown toenails must always be taken seriously in view of the risks involved.  Depending on the seriousness of the situation, your podiatrist will be able to select an appropriate treatment for you.




Depending on your podiatrist’s assessment, ingrown toenails are generally treated by a bevel cut, removing a portion of the nail, followed by a topical application of antibiotics.  Your podiatrist may also recommend that the nail be partly or wholly removed by surgical intervention.  This is a benign procedure carried out under local anesthetic.


Cutting the nails is very important for the health of your feet, especially if you are predisposed to developing ingrown toenails.  Ensure that you cut straight across the nail and round off any sharp edges.  It is also important to maintain a good standard of hygiene and to allow the feet to breathe as much as possible, for example by avoiding shoes that are too tight.


Don’t wait for an infection to consult your podiatrist.


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Source : Ordre des podiatres du Québec

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