Are you prone to developing painful ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin. This painful condition can suddenly make you very aware of your feet when you normally wouldn’t otherwise. As the nail continues to grow into the skin this can lead to pain, swelling and redness. From the office of our Clinton Township, MI, podiatrists, find out more about what causes ingrown toenails and when to seek medical care.
What causes ingrown toenails?
You may be prone to developing ingrown toenails if:
- Your parents have ingrown toenails (genetics plays a role in your tendency to inherit certain conditions)
- Your wear shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly
- You’ve experienced a traumatic injury to the toe
- You trim your toenails too short or cut the nails at a curve
How are ingrown toenails treated?
If you are an otherwise healthy individual then you may be able to ease your ingrown toenail symptoms on your own. Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt to ease pain and discomfort.
You may also choose to apply a topical antibiotic to the nail and surrounding skin to prevent an infection. In some cases you may be able to place a cotton swab under the nail to lift it away from the skin so that it grows out properly.
When should I see a doctor?
If your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks of at-home care or if your ingrown toenail shows signs of infection (e.g. severe swelling, pus or skin that is hot to the touch) then you should see our Clinton Township, MI, foot doctor right away. You should also schedule an immediate appointment if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you develop an ingrown toenail, as this condition can quickly turn into a serious infection if left untreated.
In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend removing part of or the entire nail, which can be very successful in the long-term prevention of recurring ingrown toenails.
Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers provides full podiatry services to the Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, areas. If you are experiencing recurring or severe ingrown toenails then it’s time to turn to one of our podiatrists for care. Call (589) 263-4411 for our Clinton Township office, (586) 468-5445 for our Mount Clemens office, and (586) 275-3000 for our Sterling Heights office.