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Have you ever looked at your own or someone else’s feet and noticed that yours or their nails look a little weird, like they’re growing into the skin? This is called an ingrown toe nail, and it is more common than you would think! Many people think they can take care of this problem on their own, but this is more dangerous than you would think.

There are a few things that can cause a toe nail to become ingrown; these include wearing to small/tight shoes, cutting the nail too low or in a weird way, an injury to the toe like stubbing it and from fungal infections. All of these things can alter the end of our toe nail from growing out straight like it should. The most common complaint of an ingrown nail is pain. As you can imagine a nail growing into your skin isn’t a very comfortable feeling! Some other common complaints include redness, tenderness and swelling. These signs indicate an infection of the in growing nail!

If you notice any of your nails starting to grow down into your skin, or feel any pain around your nail it is best to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ!  When it comes to an ingrown nail you need to have a doctor take care of it! Cutting it out yourself can be dangerous and can lead to a bad infection! Your doctor will be able to cut it out safely and keep it from growing into your skin again. Some people suffer from recurrent ingrown toe nails; your podiatrist has a special way to cut the nail to let the skin and the nail regrow normally to prevent future problems!

By Varun Gujral

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