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What Can I Do About Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails can cause a great deal of pain and far more serious problems, especially if left untreated. Ingrown toenails can develop when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin of the toe. Common causes can include wearing tight shoes or socks that increase pressure on the big toe, and activities that overuse the toes, like football, soccer, or ballet. The most common symptoms are pain when you touch your big toe or put on your shoes, and a buildup of fluid around the affected toenail. Soaking the feet for 20 minutes several times a day can help, but feet should be kept clean and dry as much as possible afterward. Wear shoes that have more room in the toe box and cease any activities that aggravate the condition. If your toe becomes infected – indicated by increased pain, redness, swelling or pus – it is suggested that you seek medical treatment options from a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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 Podiatry Associates. 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 offices located in Northampton and Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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