Ingrowing of toe nails

Ingrowing of toenails is a condition in which the growing edge of a nail burrows into the skin of the toe thereby causing infection and may even lead to the formation of pus surrounding the embedded nail. Typically is seen when a patient constantly wears shoes, especially those which are narrow at the front. May also happen when the nails are cut too short so that when they grow, they burrow into the surrounding skin.


Episodes of inflammation may be controlled by medical means with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and local applications, but a permanent cure can be had with surgery.