Condition

Ingrown Toe Nail

Description

 

Ingrown Toe Nail is a common form of nail disease. It is an often painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the paronychium or nail bed. This condition has been found only in shoe-wearing cultures and does not occur in habitually barefoot people since it requires downward pressure on the nail by a shoe.

The common opinion is that the nail enters inside the paronychium but an ingrown toenail may be overgrown toe skin.  The condition starts from a microbial inflammation of the paronychium, secondary to a granuloma, and the result is a nail buried inside the granuloma.  While ingrown nails can occur in both the nails of the hand and feet, they occur most commonly with the toenails. A true ingrowing toenail, or onychocryptosis, is caused by the actual penetration of the flesh by a sliver of nail.  This should not be confused with other painful nail conditions such as involuted nails, or the presence of small corns, callus or debris down the nail sulci (grooves either side of the nail plate) or under the nail plate itself.  Also it should not be confused with a similar nail disorder, onychocyrtosis or convex nail.

Other names

Onychocryptosis, unguis incarnatus

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital Avenida de los Argonautas, s/n Benalmádena

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