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Preventing Ingrown Toenails

You’ve heard of ingrown toenails, but do you know exactly what they are? Ingrown toenails occur when the sides of your nail grow into the surrounding skin. Typically, ingrown toenails affect your big toe and result in swelling, redness, pain, and sometimes infection. It is important to visit our podiatrist in Joliet if you begin noticing symptoms of a developing ingrown toenail.

Causes & Complications

If you injure your toenail or consistently wear shoes that crowd your toenails, it can trigger the growth of an ingrown toenail. They may also develop if you cut your toenails too short or not directly across.

Complications of ingrown toenails include an infection that impacts the underlying bone and leads to a serious bone infection. If you have diabetes, complications of ingrown toenails may be more serious due to poor blood flow and damaged nerves in your feet. Foot ulcers may be difficult to heal as well, and they may require surgery to prevent further decay.


Make sure to trim your toenails straight across, as leaving them curved may result in an ingrown toenail. Make sure to keep your toenails at a moderate length and wear shoes that fit well. For those with diabetes, make sure to check your feet daily for signs of an ingrown toenail or other foot abnormalities.

If you have more questions about ingrown toenails or you want a professional opinion about a foot issue, contact our podiatrist in Joliet today.

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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