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Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

If the nail on the big toe should grow into the surrounding skin, you may have what is known as an ingrown toenail. Common reasons why this painful condition should occur may include improper nail trimming and wearing shoes which do not fit correctly. Some patients have toes that are deformed, and this can exert excess pressure on the nail. There are several symptoms that may accompany this ailment, including redness, tenderness, swelling, or a possible discharge coming from the affected nail. Soaking the nail in warm water may lead to partial relief, in addition to gently massaging the nail and surrounding area. If you are afflicted with diabetes or nerve damage, it is important to speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can aid in treating the nail and possibly preventing an infection from developing.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Henry Miller of Freehold, New Jersey. Our doctor 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 Freehold, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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