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What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

The foot condition that is referred to as an ingrown toenail is a relatively common ailment. It occurs when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, and can cause pain and discomfort. Prompt treatment of ingrown toenails may help to reduce the risk of an infection occurring. There are various reasons why patients may develop this condition. These can include excessive sweating, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, or trimming the toenails incorrectly. There are noticeable symptoms of this ailment which often include red and tender skin surrounding the affected nail and a fluid surrounding the toe. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. 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 Point Pleasant, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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