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The Causes of An Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

An ingrown toenail is a painful and uncomfortable foot condition that is a result of the toenail growing into the skin. If left untreated it may produce serious complications, and this may be especially true of diabetic patients. There may be several causes of this condition occurring, including trimming the toenails improperly, inherited genetic traits, and wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. For some people, if they have incurred an injury such as stubbing or jamming their toe, they may observe that an ingrown toenail may begin to develop. There are noticeable symptoms that typically occur with this ailment, including the skin surrounding the toe appearing red, pain and discomfort that is experienced when pressure is applied to the toe, in addition to pus or blood oozing from the toe. If you feel you have developed an ingrown toenail, it’s advised to consult with a podiatrist, who can perform any treatment options that is recommended for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. 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 Weatherford, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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