Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenail

When a toenail is ingrown, the nail is curved downward and grows into the skin usually at the nail borders. This causes irritation of the skin creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth. Ingrown toenails most commonly effects the big toes. Ingrown toenails have a tendency to recur if they aren’t treated properly. The nail edge that is damaging the skin needs to be removed so the rest of the nail can grow back properly. Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Gkotsoulias will evaluate the affected toe to determine the best way to repair the injury.


What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

  • Genetics

  • Injury

  • Improper trimming – cutting your nails too short

  • Wearing tight shoes


  • Antibiotics

  • Office procedure. A simple procedure, to remove part of the offending nail after numbing the toe.

  • Permanent removal. Acid is used to remove the nail root which prevents recurrence of an ingrown toenail. This prevents the nail from growing incorrectly again.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

  • Proper trimming. Cut toenails in a straight line, and don’t cut them too short. You should be able to fit your fingernail under the sides and the end of the nail.

  • Well-fitted shoes and socks. Don’t wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe area. Avoid shoes that are loose because it causes an increase of pressure on the toes especially when active.

If you are experiencing pain from an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with Greater Houston Foot & Ankle Specialists.

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Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Gkotsoulias are podiatrists serving

The Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and Tomball areas.