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What Is an Ingrown Toenail?

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Patients who have ingrown toenails are often aware of the pain and discomfort they may cause. It occurs as a result of the outer edge of the nail digging into the surrounding skin, and generally affects the big toe. Common causes of ingrown toenails can include improperly trimming the toenails, in addition to wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, and the nail is gently pulled away from the skin. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, who can effectively treat this condition, and offer prevention techniques.

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. 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 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 our office located in Palos Heights, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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