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What Can Cause An Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Many patients experience the pain and discomfort an ingrown toenail can cause. Ingrown toenails happen as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the skin. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include swelling, redness, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge that oozes from the edge of the nail. This condition can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have have enough room for the toes to move freely in, in addition to trimming toenails too short or incorrectly. Patients may find relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, followed by inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge. This may help to gradually lift the nail away from the nail bed. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options, which may include surgically removing a portion of the nail.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hicksville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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