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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 can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM of Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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