How Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?
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How Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

A common symptom of an ingrown toenail appears as red skin on one or both sides of the big toe. It occurs as a result of the nail growing into the skin, and can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additional reasons this ailment may occur can include if the toenails are trimmed too short, or if there has been an injury that happened to the toe. The skin may appear swollen, there may be pus draining from the nail, and it may be painful to walk. Some patients find it beneficial to soak the affected nail in warm water, as this can help to make it easier to lift the nail away from the skin. There are measures that can be implemented which may prevent ingrown toenails. These consist of wearing shoes and socks that fit correctly, and trimming the toenails in a straight line. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition, which may help to avoid an infection.

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. Rick L. Simon of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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