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What Is an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00

An ingrown toenail forms when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it. While an ingrown toenail most often affects the big toe, it can affect any of the toes. Toenails can become ingrown due to a variety of factors that include cutting the nail too short, rounding the corner of the nail, or wearing shoes that are too tight, and they can also form from trauma, such as stubbing the toe. They are often painful and appear as red and swollen, and they can become infected as well. Nails that appear infected or severely ingrown should be checked and treated by a podiatrist. Patients who are diabetic or suffer from peripheral artery disease should also consult with a podiatrist if they are struggling with ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Alexander Terris of Total Foot Care. 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 Wilmington, DE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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