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When an Ingrown Toenail Is Infected

Ingrown toenails are a particular kind of foot condition that occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin directly next to it. When this happens, a range of things may occur. For example, certain severe cases of ingrown toenails may become infected. As a result, a patient may demonstrate several different symptoms associated with infected ingrown toenails. Namely, a patient may experience additional swelling in the affected area as well as increased pain. An infected ingrown toenail may also produce discharge or warm sensations. A change in color is also common for an infected ingrown toenail. Specifically, redness or dark discoloration may ensue. If you are someone that has an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help to relieve your condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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