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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.
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While most people feel that they can handle an ingrown toenail on their own it is always a good idea to seek proper medical attention to help treat the condition properly without damaging the nail.
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Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.