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Ingrown Toenails

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Cutting your nails is a standard procedure that you don’t necessarily put a lot of thought into. However, doing so improperly may result in an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails in Joliet occur most frequently in the big toenail and they occur due to the pressure of the nail edge digging into the skin of the toe. The edge of the toenail breaks through the skin and causes inflammation. If the ingrown toenail is not taken care of properly, it can result in an infection or become a recurring problem.


There is no one single cause of an ingrown toenail developing. If there is an imbalance between the size of the nail and the size of the edge of the nail skin, an ingrown toenail may occur. If you trim your toenail improperly, it can exacerbate the condition. Shoes that do not fit properly, nail picking or overly aggressive pedicures may also worsen ingrown toenails.


Our feet are often in warm, moist environments such as gym shoes that can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria or fungi. It is important to treat infected ingrown toenails as soon as possible to avoid further complications in the future such as chronic pain, cellulitis, or bone infection. Symptoms of infection include swelling, redness, pain, odor or drainage coming from the toenail.


Treatment is dependent on the severity of the ingrown toenail. Self-care methods such as soaking your feet in a sodium solution, taking anti-inflammatory medications, or elevating the foot can all help with treatment. In some cases, surgery is beneficial to correct the toenail.


Make sure that all of your shoes fit properly to avoid further ingrown toenails in Joliet from developing. You should be able to comfortably wiggle your toes without having your foot move around within every pair of shoes. Also, consider wearing open-toed shoes when possible if you are susceptible to ingrown toenails. Make sure to trim your toenails straight across and do not trim them too short.

Our team at Suburban Foot & Ankle has the experience necessary to treat ingrown toenails and answer all of your questions throughout the way. If you think that you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, don’t endure another day of pain. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment!

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association