Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions that we treat at our offices. What is an ingrown toenail? When the toenail is ingrown, the nail is curved downward digging into the skin, usually at the nail borders (side of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe. It is very common in the pediatric population but adults get this condition frequently also. If the ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area which is often marked by swelling, redness, drainage and a foul odor. This is called a “paronychia”. Often, an ingrown toenail may not be painful when it is present for weeks or months. This is common in the pediatric and juvenile population and often they will not tell thir parents about the problem. Fear about getting the problem treated is also common in this group of patients. However, it is important to treat this condition and resolve the infection. Our staff are compassionate with our patients because we know Ingrown toenails can cause anxiety. Ingrown toenails can develop for various reasons. Many people that have the tendency to have this problem often inherit it from family members. In other cases it is the result of trauma such as stubbing your toe, sporting activities, trimming the nail improperly or nail fungus. We perform a high number of a very common procedure called a “matrixectomy” to permanently fix an ingrown toenail. Our offices perform thousands of these procedures every year. Please call for an appointment.