Ingrown toenails occur as a result of the sides and corners of the toenail digging and growing into the skin surrounding the nail. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poorly fitting shoes, improperly trimmed toenails, a toe injury, repetitive activities like soccer or running, sweaty feet, or obesity. Symptoms include pain or tenderness in the nail, swelling, redness, or a puss or odor coming from the nail. If an ingrown toenail becomes extremely painful or infected, it is important to visit a podiatrist. A podiatrist may elect to remove the nail or prescribe antibiotics for the infection. To prevent ingrown toenails from occurring or reoccurring, make sure to keep the feet clean and dry, trim your toenails in a straight line, and wear shoes that fit correctly.
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.
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