Patient Education

What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are a common problem in foot health care. Toenails can become ingrown when the nail begins to dig painfully into surrounding skin.

Common causes of ingrown toenails are:

  • trimming of the nails incorrectly
  • crowding of toes in the shoe
  • repeated strain on the toes from daily activities
  • hereditary factors
If you have an ingrown toenail, you might have one or more of these symptoms:
  • redness
  • swelling
  • drainage
  • soreness

Treating Ingrown Toenails
The safest step would be to seek medical care from Dr. Hansen as soon as possible.
People with diabetes or any circulatory disorder should especially avoid any home treatments, as it could lead to more serious complications.

If you notice any symptoms of an ingrown toenail and cannot see Dr. Hansen immediately, you can try immersing your foot in warm, soapy water to soak. After drying, apply antiseptic and a bandage to protect the area.

Do not, however, try other home treatments or remedies, such as attempting to dig out the nail yourself or use over-the-counter medications. This could cause infection and potentially worsen the condition of the nail.

If the Ingrown Toenail Continues After Treatment

If an ingrown nail continues to occur after several treatments, Dr. Hansen may suggest a minor surgical procedure to reshape the toenail. This procedure is minimal and will help your nail better avoid ingrown tendencies in the future.  

If you have any further questions regarding ingrown toenails, please consult Dr. Hansen at (702)873-8955 or visit for more information.

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