The medical condition that is referred to as an ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail grow into the surrounding skin. This can happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, it can develop from trimming the toenails incorrectly. This is an ailment that gradually develops, and may cause severe pain and discomfort. Patients may find relief when the affected nail is soaked in warm water, and this often helps to soften the skin. An effective treatment method consists of gently lifting the edge of the nail, which may be beneficial in reducing a portion of the swelling. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
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 Dr. Michael Doughty of Doughty Podiatry, P.A. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
- Improper toenail trimming
- 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.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
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.
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