An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin. This is often aggravated by tight shoes. If left untreated, the nail border becomes red and sore and frequently becomes infected. The most common treatment for ingrown toenails is as follows: After numbing the toe, the ingrown portion of the toenail (the affected side only) is removed as is the portion of the nail “root” that caused the problem.
A chemical is then used to dissolve the nail root cells of the ingrown portion of the nail such that the ingrown portion of the nail will usually not return, but the remainder of the nail (the normal portion) will grow normally. No skin incisions are required to perform this procedure and patients generally wear their own shoes at all times.