Ingrown nails are indeed just that! The nail edge has cut or buried itself into the flesh around the nail edge.
It does this due to either an abnormally shaped nail which can be hereditary, or can develop over time due to fungal nail infections, injury, poor toe nail cutting technique or pressure from poorly fitting footwear. If it is a chronic problem nail surgery can be performed to remove the offending nail edge either temporarily or permanently.
Mr. Cichero has over 25 years experience managing this condition. It can be done safely under a local anaesthetic. Usually the wound heals within 10 days and patients are back to work within 1-2 weeks.