Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions we see in our offices. The problem is just what its name implies. The nail plate is too large for the under covering or bed and one or both sides are pressing into the skin. Ingrown nails can result from several possible causes such as improper cutting, abnormal nail structure and localized injury to the plate. Quite often we encounter these as a result of a failed pedicure. The side of the toe maybe red, swollen and tender. This is usually an indication of infection. The sooner this is treated the by a podiatrist the better.