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Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Monday, 04 June 2018 00:00

An ingrown toenail is an uncomfortable foot condition that occurs when the corners of the nail grow into the skin. Evidence of this ailment may include redness, swelling and tenderness. The toenail may often become infected if treatment doesn't commence as soon as symptoms appear. Severe pain often accompanies ingrown toenails and may affect the skin surrounding the infected toenail. People who do not trim their toenails properly and wear shoes that are too tight are likely to develop ingrown toenails. Research has shown that soaking the nail in warm salt water followed by thoroughly drying the feet may aid in the healing process of ingrown toenails. If you have medical conditions such as diabetes or a loss of feeling that is often associated with neuropathy, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist about how to treat ingrown toenails.

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. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. 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 offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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