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Symptoms and Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

When the toenail grows into the outer edges of the skin, it generally indicates that an ingrown toenail has developed. There are several causes of this ailment, including genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or trimming the toenails incorrectly. The symptoms that patients experience can include redness, swelling, and sensitivity surrounding the affected area. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent ingrown toenails from developing. Cut the toenails straight across, avoiding cutting down into the corners of the nail. It is also beneficial to have your feet routinely measured, as this can help you to purchase the correct size shoe. If you have an ingrown toenail, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff of Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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