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Can I Ignore My Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause the skin around the nail to become red, painful, and swollen. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can damage the skin and expose the area to bacteria, leading to an infection. Home treatments for ingrown toenails include soaking the affected foot in warm water, applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the skin and covering it with a bandage, and wearing wider shoes to keep pressure off of the affected toe. If home treatments do not help, or if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. 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 Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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