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Possible Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Patients who have experienced an ingrown toenail are often aware of the pain and discomfort that typically accompanies this condition. It happens when the nail grows into the outer edges of the surrounding skin, generally affecting the big toe. There are several reasons why this may occur. These can consist of trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, this ailment may occur if there has been a toe injury. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water, as this may help to soften the affected area. If the toenail becomes infected, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist as soon as possible, so they can properly diagnose this condition and begin the correct treatment.

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. Mark Oslick of Bux-mont Foot & Ankle. 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 Bensalem, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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