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Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

If you notice skin growing on the side your big toe, you may have what is referred to as an ingrown toenail. There may be several noticeable symptoms that are associated with this condition, and these may include extreme tenderness, swelling, and possible drainage from the affected area. If the toenails are not properly trimmed, the result may be an ingrown toenail. Additional reasons why this condition can develop may come from an injury that may have happened to the nail, or if shoes and socks that are worn do not fit correctly. Mild relief may be obtained by soaking the foot in a salt solution. If medical conditions including diabetes or poor circulation exist, it is strongly recommended to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment and preventive techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied of Palos 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 Palos Heights, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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