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Do I Have An Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

An ingrown toenail is an uncomfortable foot condition that is common among many people. It occurs as a result of the toenail on the big toe growing into the outer edges of the sides of the toe, and this often produces pain and discomfort. There are various reasons why this condition may occur. These can consist of cutting the toenails improperly, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or it can be the result of a toenail injury. Additionally, this may be a common ailment among people who have poor foot hygiene, or from genetic factors that produce irregular and curved toenails. Participating in certain sporting activities that include football and soccer may lead to the development of ingrown toenails. The common symptoms that are associated with this condition often consist of red and inflamed skin surrounding the affected nail, and there may be a discharge that comes from an infected ingrown toenail. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna of Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna 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 offices located in Lockport and Medina, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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