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Will an Ingrown Toenail Eventually Grow Out?

Many asks Will an ingrown toenail eventually grow out? An ingrown toenail, in some cases, may resolve on its own over time depending on the severity of the ingrown toenail and the individual’s care. In less severe cases, where the ingrown portion of the toenail is minimal and does not lead to infection, it’s possible that the nail may grow out naturally as the toenail continues to grow.

However, if the ingrown toenail is causing pain, discomfort, or has led to an infection, do not rely solely on the hope that it will grow out on its own. Instead, seeking proper care and treatment could be necessary. Ingrown toenails can worsen and lead to more serious complications if left untreated. 

Risk of Infection: When the edge of the ingrown nail punctures the surrounding skin, it can create an entry point for bacteria, leading to an infection. This can result in redness, swelling, discharge, and increased pain.

Increased Pain and Discomfort: Ingrown toenails tend to worsen over time. If left untreated, they can become more painful and lead to greater discomfort when walking or wearing shoes.

Complications: Neglected ingrown toenails can lead to more severe complications, such as abscesses or cellulitis, which require medical attention and sometimes surgical intervention.

Chronic Ingrown Toenails: In some cases, untreated ingrown toenails can become a chronic problem, continually causing discomfort and pain.

Disruption of Daily Activities: Painful ingrown toenails can interfere with your daily activities, making it difficult to walk, exercise, or wear certain types of shoes.

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Treatment options for ingrown toenails may include:

  • Proper Nail Trimming
    Ensuring that you trim your toenails straight across and avoid cutting them too short can help prevent ingrown toenails.

  • Soaking the Foot
    Soaking the affected toe in warm water with Epsom salt can reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Lifting the Nail
    Gently lifting the ingrown edge of the nail can provide temporary relief.

  • Antibiotics
    If there’s an infection, antibiotics may be necessary.

  • Partial Nail Removal
    In more severe cases, a healthcare provider may need to remove a portion of the ingrown toenail to promote proper growth.

  • Surgery
    In chronic or recurrent cases, a surgical procedure to remove a portion of the nail bed may be recommended.

Ingrown toenail tool: Is it safe?

Ingrown toenail tools, such as nail clippers, files, or tweezers specifically designed for ingrown toenails, can be used with caution for selfcare at home if you have a minor ingrown toenail issue. However, it’s important to use them carefully and follow proper hygiene practices to avoid complications or injury.


If you have an ingrown toenail, especially if it is causing pain, signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge), or if you have diabetes or circulation issues, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist. They can provide appropriate treatment and guidance to ensure the best possible outcome.

Dr. Darren Leavitt is your dedicated foot surgeon, leading the way at Calgary Foot Surgery.

Dr. Darren Leavitt, currently maintains privileges at Riverview Surgical Centre in Calgary, an Alberta Health Services certified outpatient facility where he performs his private elective procedures.


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