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Why Did I Develop an Ingrown Toenail?

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that can quickly become infected. This ailment is defined as the toenail growing into the skin instead of over it. It can happen for various reasons, including trimming the toenails incorrectly and wearing shoes too tight around your toes. Additionally, some people may have an abnormal nail structure or may have genetic tendencies toward developing an ingrown toenail. Common symptoms can consist of redness, extreme tenderness, and an infected nail may ooze pus. An ingrown toenail is generally a painful condition, and prompt medical attention is often sought for relief. Soaking the feet in warm water, followed by gently pushing the nail away with a small piece of cotton may bring temporary relief. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with permanent relief options and offer effective prevention methods.

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 one of our podiatrists of Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors 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 office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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