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Possible Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 17 August 2020 00:00

An ingrown toenail is defined as the outside edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, instead of over the skin. The big toe is generally affected the most, but it can occur in any of the toes. If it is not promptly treated it may become infected, which can be accompanied by pus drainage, redness, and often swelling. Common causes of this ailment can include genetics and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Patients have found mild relief when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, and this is generally helpful in softening the skin. This can be followed by inserting a small piece of cotton between the nail and skin, which can be beneficial in lifting the nail off of the skin. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you the best treatment options.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Julie Siegerman, DPM of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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