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Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.
A throbbing, reddened toe. It happens if you don't attend to ingrown toenails (Onychocryptosis), a common foot ailment plaguing 18 percent of Americans 21 and older, says the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. At Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI, your podiatrist will examine your foot and show you how to avoid and treat Onychocryptosis. Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson see the condition often, and they'll be happy to help.
What are ingrown toenails?
Usually, ingrown toenails occur at the corners of the big toes when the nail intrudes on the skin, becomes inflamed and gets very sore. While this problem may run in families because of inherited foot anatomy, elements of lifestyle frequently precipitate ingrown toenails. Plus, when ignored, these bothersome nails may become infected, a serious issue for diabetics and other people with suppressed immune systems or compromised peripheral circulation.
Precipitating factors include:
- Tight, narrow, high-heeled footwear
- Fungal toenail infection (Onychomycosis)
- Socks which crowd or place pressure on the toes
- Poor foot hygiene
- Injury to the foot
- Some foot deformities, including bunions
- Cutting the toenail at an angle, rather than straight across, allowing the nail to penetrate the skin at the side of the toe
Treating an ingrown toenail
Many people try soaking their sore toes in warm water to alleviate the discomfort of ingrown toenails. Over-the-counter analgesics help, too, as does wearing more sensible shoes with plenty of room in the toe boxes.
However, your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens podiatrists agree that persistent Onychocryptosis requires an in-office visit. Your doctor will look at your toe and employ the following interventions to correct the condition and help you feel better:
- Trimming the toenail straight across
- Prescribing an oral antibiotic if an infection is apparent
- Removing a lateral portion of the nail via in-office surgery (partial nail avulsion) as needed
Your podiatrist also may advise better foot hygiene, changing socks daily and wearing shoes which do not rub on the nails. While some people continue to struggle with ingrown toenails, many find excellent symptom relief by using common sense foot care strategies and seeing their podiatrist on a routine basis.
How can we help?
At Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, your podiatric health is our priority. Whatever your question or concern, we want to know about it, and we can help. If you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail, please make an appointment at one of our three locations so you can keep moving and feel great. In Clinton Township, phone (586) 263-4411. In Mount Clemens, phone (586) 468-5445, and for Sterling Heights, call (586) 275-3000.