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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

What Causes an Ingrown Toenail to Develop?

If you notice the skin on the outside of your big toe appears to be red and swollen, you may have what is referred to as an ingrown toenail. It happens as a result of the toenail growing into the skin, which is often a painful and uncomfortable condition. There are several reasons why ingrown toenails may develop. These can include wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, improperly trimming the toenails, or from sustaining a foot injury. Diabetic patients may find it beneficial to have their toenails trimmed correctly, as this can help to prevent possible toenail infections from developing. Additionally, it is suggested that the feet are kept dry and clean, to diminish the chances of getting an ingrown toenail. The toe and the surrounding skin may feel better as they are soaked in warm water several times throughout the day. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can diagnosis and treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Donald Manger of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Dr. Manger 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 Hamilton Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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