Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenail

By Dr Arden Smith
September 09, 2019
Category: Ingrown Toenails
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  
                                   Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
 
Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
 
A painful and uncomfortable condition that is referred to as an ingrown toenail may develop when the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This may be a result of toenails that have been trimmed improperly, wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly, or possibly from a genetic trait that may affect the natural shape of the nail. If you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may notice symptoms that may include pain while wearing shoes, fluid coming from the nail, or the surrounding area appearing red. There may be preventative measures that can be taken, which may possibly avoid this condition from occurring. These may include wearing shoes and socks that fit loosely, trimming the toenails straight across while avoiding cutting into the corners, and utilizing a moisturizer daily. It is advised to consult a podiatrist if you are afflicted with this condition, so proper treatment options can be discussed and started.
 
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 expert podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry. 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 Manhasset, Huntinton, Plainview, or Maspeth. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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