Known in the medical field as Unguis incarnatus or Onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail is too sharp and begins to dig into the surrounding skin. Although any toenail can become ingrown, the condition is most common on the big toe. It is a common problem for both children and adults, and for men especially.
Ingrown toenails typically cause inflammation, redness, and severe pain at the affected spot. As the toenail continues to grow, the pain becomes worse and may become infected if tissue begins to grow around the inflammation.
For many, a severe ingrown toenail affects everyday activity, making shoes and socks uncomfortable. When a condition this serious is left untreated, surgery may be required. Early treatment from the Scottsdale podiatrists at Arizona Foot Doctors, however, will eliminate the need for invasive treatment methods or surgery.