Definition: A nail that is incurved or growing into the skin causing a soft tissue infection. Quite frequently, ingrown toenails are a result of hereditary factors. Sometimes patients inherit the wide or curved nail beds that are similar to their parents. In other cases, underlying fungal infections, trauma or poor cutting of toenails result in an ingrown toenail. In all cases, the body creates an ingrown by walling off the offending nail. If this is recurrent in nature, the permanent removal of the border or of the entire toenail may become necessary. Antibiotics are helpful; however, the removal of the offending border is usually necessary to rid oneself of the infection.