Toenails grow over the skin, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it. This can be an extremely painful foot condition, and may be caused by genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that are too tight. It may also happen if a toe injury has occurred, such as stubbing the foot against a piece of furniture. Research has indicated that having poor posture may lead to developing an ingrown toenail. This may cause the toes to push together, and pressure can be exerted on them as they grow. Additionally, a common reason to have an ingrown toenail can be from cutting the toenails incorrectly, or from having poor foot hygiene. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can correct this painful condition, which may include surgery for permanent relief.
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. Kennedy Legel of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
- Improper toenail trimming
- 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.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
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 Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.