Painful ingrown nails are a common occurrence, especially in those who are active. The cause of the problem often lies close to the root of the nail, which is much deeper than a patient can see at home. An ingrown nail occurs when a portion of the nail becomes impacted into the skin along the edge of the nail. This typically occurs at the side of the nail but can also present at the bottom or at the tip of the nail. Ingrown nails can be extremely sensitive to the touch. Even slight bumps or shoe pressure can be painful. In severe cases, a patient may have redness, swelling or even drainage around the affected area.
It is important to treat ingrown nails early and properly before any serious infection occurs. Our specialists are able to address ingrown nails quickly during an office visit. In many cases, the condition can be corrected with minimal discomfort in less than 10 minutes, getting you back on your feet the same day.