The toe that is most often impacted by an ingrown toenail is the big toe. It happens as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, and can cause pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and the toe may ooze pus. Several reasons why ingrown toenails develop can consist of genetic factors, trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when that nail is soaked in warm water, as this is helpful in softening the skin surrounding the nail. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.
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 one of our podiatrists of Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
- Improper toenail trimming
- 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.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
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.
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