Best RX: Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center

Suzette Clements, DPM from Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center answers a reader’s question about ingrown toenails.

Clements, Suzette


Q: What are ingrown toenails, and when should I seek treatment if I think I have them?

A: Ingrown toenails curve and grow into the skin. This can create pain, redness and swelling in the toe. You should seek professional treatment if you have one or more of the following: pain lasting longer than 24 hours, signs of infection such as nausea, vomiting, chills and fever, redness, swelling, drainage or pus at the toe, or if you have a high-risk medical condition such as diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation.

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