Medically known 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, it is most common on the big toe. Both children and adults, especially men, find the problem to be common.
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 with Arizona Foot Doctors, however, will eliminate the need for invasive treatment methods or surgery.