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What Are the Causes of Ingrown Toenails?

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as an ingrown toenail can be accompanied by redness, swelling, and pain. It is an ailment that often affects the big toe, and occurs when the nail grows into the outer edge of the skin. Common reasons why this condition can occur include wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in or from a toe injury. Additionally, repeated activities that involve kicking a ball may cause ingrown toenails to develop. Relief may be found when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, followed by placing a small piece of cotton between the nail and the skin. If your ingrown toenail has become infected, it is strongly recommended that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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 the podiatrists of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. 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 Hamilton Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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