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Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions that we see on a daily basis.  They can be very tender and may lead to infections.  In a healthy individual, the chance of further complications is slim.  However, if a patient is diabetic, has poor circulation or is immunocompromised, serious complications such as spreading infection to the blood or bone is possible.   Ingrown toenails can be caused by an injury, among other things.  The injury can take the form of someone stepping on the toe or the patient slamming the toe into something.  Many times we see the injury in the form of poorly fitting shoes either putting pressure on the area or the foot sliding back and forth in the shoe, resulting in a trauma to the nail border.  Ingrown nails can also start by incorrect cutting of the nails.  They can also result from a disease of the nail such as a fungus or rheumatoid arthritis.  Often, people are just genetically prone to ingrown nails.  Most ingrown toenails are easily treated at our office (East Avenue Podiatry), by removing the offending portion of the nail utilizing a spray or injection for anesthesia when necessary.   Due to having the proper instruments and experience, this is a rather simple procedure and results in immediate relief.  For reoccuring ingrown nails, a permanent fix can be obtained by removing the nail border and applying a medicine to the nail root which prevents the ingrown portion of the nail from regrowing.  I encourage anyone experiencing tenderness or pain along a nail border to call our office for an appointment at 203-853-6570.  This problem only gets worse with time if left untreated. 

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