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What Is an Ingrown Toenail?

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Patients who have ingrown toenails are often aware of the pain and discomfort they may cause. It occurs as a result of the outer edge of the nail digging into the surrounding skin, and generally affects the big toe. Common causes of ingrown toenails can include improperly trimming the toenails, in addition to wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, and the nail is gently pulled away from the skin. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, who can effectively treat this condition, and offer prevention techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Garner and Kenansville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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