Painful ingrown toenails do not necessarily need to undergo nail surgery or removal of the nail. Nail bracing with nail braces like the  Podofix, COMBIped or 3TO braces,  can provide instant pain relief of sore feet and cure involute, curled as well as inflamed toenails. Proper nail care and treatment by a podiatrist helps to avoid painful ingrown or inflamed toenails. Ingrown toenails may cause toenail infection and inflammation.