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What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 07 December 2020 00:00

The painful condition that is known as an ingrown toenail can occur from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additional reasons why ingrown toenails develop can include genetic factors or if the toenail is improperly trimmed. The nail becomes ingrown as the outer edges of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, and this generally causes severe pain and discomfort. It may also become red and inflamed and it can be difficult to wear certain shoes. Patients may find mild relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, which can soften the skin to make it easier to gently lift the nail away. In severe cases the nail may become infected, and partial or total removal may be a necessary option to consider. If you have an ingrown toenail please confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

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 one of our podiatrists of Grobowski Foot & Ankle. our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Seattle, Bellevue, and Issaquah, WA,. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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