Posts for category: Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toe nails are a common foot condition that affectadults and children alike. As a nail grows out, it may become curved and latch onto the skin, causing significant pain. We call these nails “incurvated” and the condition of the nail becoming ingrown we refer to as “onychocryptosis”.
Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toe nail include redness around the nail, pain, clear or yellow drainage around the nail, and a curved appearance to the edge of the nail. This condition most commonly affects the great toe nail, but any toe can be involved. If left untreated, an ingrown toe nail can lead to a localized skin infection with to potential to spread to the surrounding areas of the foot.
Luckily, there are a several ways to manage this painful condition. If the nail is only partially ingrown, then the tip of the nail may be clipped to relieve symptoms and prevent infection. In these milder cases, it is also important to soak the involved foot in warm water with Epsom salts which act as an astringent to soothe the skin and decrease swelling. If the entire border of the nail is ingrown with signs of infection, it may be necessary to remove the entire border of the nail. This relieves the pain and also allows the area to drain any fluid or pus and thus prevent infection.
Once an individual has an ingrown nail, they may be predisposed to having subsequent ingrown nails. If this disease process recurs multiple times, one may consider nail cauterization. In this procedure, a special chemical is applied around the root of the nail to prevent that segment of the nail from regrowing.
No one should have to suffer any pain from an ingrown nail. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment and have the experts at Advanced Podiatry evaluate and manage any of your nail conditions!
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail starts to grow into the surrounding skin and cause irritation. Ingrown toenails can occur due to many reasons-tight and narrow shoe gear, pedicures/improper nail cutting techniques, foot deformities such as bunions and flat feet, sports and trauma. When an ingrown toenail goes unattended to, an infection of the surrounding skin commonly occurs. Some of the common signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails are localized redness, swelling and milky drainage with pain around the area. When an infected ingrown toenail is long standing, the appearance of a pyogenic granuloma can occur. A pyogenic granuloma appears as a round, small skin growth which is reddish-pink in color.
Treatment options for ingrown toenails include warm water and Epsom salt soaks, topical/oral antibiotics and removal of the offending nail after local anesthesia. Please keep in mind that soaking and topical antibiotics can keep the infection at bay, but the pain is usually relieved from having the nail clipped out in the office. Some ways to prevent recurrent ingrown toenails are to wear wider shoe gear and trim nails straight across. If there is the presence of a pyogenic granuloma, the physician can cauterize the growth in order to remove it. Chemical procedures referred to as matrixectomies are considered if ingrown toenails become a recurrent problem. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait any longer and come into our offices so that our trained podiatrists can help you walk and feel better!