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What May Be Causing Your Ingrown Toenail

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful, which is why it is important that you deal with them as soon as possible. Irritation from ingrown toenails usually occurs when the nail itself grows into the skin that surrounds it. It is more common for ingrown toenails to develop on the big toe compared to other smaller toes. The most common cause for this ailment is trimming the toenail improperly. If you cut your toenail too short, your skin may grow over the nail, and as the nail grows, it may grow into the skin. Another common cause for ingrown toenails is wearing shoes or socks that are too tight, this is because doing so adds pressure to the skin around the toenail and pushes it against the sharp edge of the nail.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Frank E. Vargo of Strongsville Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Strongsville, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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