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Causes and Treatments for an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 28 December 2020 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when a curved toenail grows into the skin on the sides of the nail. The toenail digs into the skin and causes pain, redness, and swelling as the skin grows around the nail. If left untreated, it can cause a bacterial infection. Ingrown toenails are often caused by trauma, tightly fitting shoes, or cutting the toenails at an angle instead of straight across. Those who notice an ingrown toenail should treat it immediately by soaking it in warm water, drying it with a towel, and bandaging it. If there is significant swelling, pain, inflammation or discharge, the toenail is likely infected. Ingrown toenails that won’t heal, occur frequently, or are infected should be looked at by a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Stuart and Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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