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Possible Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Patients who have experienced an ingrown toenail are often aware of the pain and discomfort that typically accompanies this condition. It happens when the nail grows into the outer edges of the surrounding skin, generally affecting the big toe. There are several reasons why this may occur. These can consist of trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, this ailment may occur if there has been a toe injury. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water, as this may help to soften the affected area. If the toenail becomes infected, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist as soon as possible, so they can properly diagnose this condition and begin the correct treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 Baytown, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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