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Ingrown Toenails and Infection Control

Ingrown toenails, a common foot ailment, occur when the nail's edge grows into the surrounding skin, leading to discomfort and potential infection. Effective infection control is critical in managing ingrown toenails. To prevent infections, it is important to maintain good foot hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry, and trim your nails straight across to avoid sharp edges. Additionally, soaking your feet in warm, soapy water can help soften the nail and reduce inflammation. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes that provide adequate toe space will help prevent ingrown toenails. In cases where an infection develops, or for severe or recurring ingrown toenails, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide solutions, including possible nail removal.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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