An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge or corner tip of the nail pierces the skin, growing back into it. This potentially painful condition can happen to anyone and usually occurs in the big toe.
When left untreated, ingrown toenails can cause infections that may spread into the underlying bone structure of the foot.
Any condition that reduces blood flow to the feet, such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, may make ingrown toenails more likely. People with these types of conditions may also experience severe complications if infection does occur.
In this case Dr. Barko sees a patient with an extremely infected ingrown toenail. Luckily, we were able to get our patient in same-day for treatment. Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, especially once they begin to fester.
You can watch the video below as Dr. Barko drains infection from a patient’s ingrown toenail.