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Why Do I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

When the toenail grows into the flesh instead of over it, it is referred to as an ingrown toenail. The big toe is usually the most common to become affected. This condition can be particularly painful and may lead to an infection if left untreated. To help prevent an ingrown toenail, it is recommended that you trim the toenails properly, which is straight across, not on a curve or following the shape of your toe. Additionally, toenails should not be trimmed too short. Symptoms associated with ingrown toenails generally include swelling and redness around the affected area. Additionally, for more severe cases, you may notice bleeding or oozing of pus, which can be an indication that an infection has developed. To safely treat an ingrown toenail it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM of Basin Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Odessa, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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