Ingrown Nails

This is often a painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the nail bed. While ingrown nails can occur in both the nails of the hands and feet, they occur most commonly with the toenails. An ingrown toenail often is not really "ingrown" at all. The appearance of being ingrown may actually be a result of inflammation of the flesh around the nail. The nail becomes embedded and soft under the flesh that has inflamed around it.


Treatment of ingrown nails ranges from soaking the afflicted area to surgery. The appropriate method is dictated by the severity of the condition.