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Why Did I Develop an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that can quickly become infected. This ailment is defined as the toenail growing into the skin instead of over it. It can happen for various reasons, including trimming the toenails incorrectly and wearing shoes too tight around your toes. Additionally, some people may have an abnormal nail structure or may have genetic tendencies toward developing an ingrown toenail. Common symptoms can consist of redness, extreme tenderness, and an infected nail may ooze pus. An ingrown toenail is generally a painful condition, and prompt medical attention is often sought for relief. Soaking the feet in warm water, followed by gently pushing the nail away with a small piece of cotton may bring temporary relief. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with permanent relief options and offer effective prevention methods.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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