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Possible Reasons Why an Ingrown Toenail May Develop

Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

The medical term for a common foot condition that is known as ingrown toenails is referred to as onychocryptosis. It is a painful ailment that develops as a result of the outer edges of the toenail growing into the surrounding skin. The symptoms that often accompany an ingrown toenail often include redness and swelling. Additionally, if the impacted area becomes infected, there may be a discharge. Ingrown toenails may develop for a variety of reasons. These can include trimming the toenails incorrectly, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, and having an existing medical condition such as diabetes. Many patients have found mild relief when the toe is soaked in warm water, as this may help to soften the edges of the nail. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Henry Miller of 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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