Ingrown toenails can be more than just a nuisance. They can cause considerable discomfort and pain. This common condition occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation. The causes of ingrown toenails can vary, ranging from improper trimming techniques to wearing ill-fitting shoes. Symptoms often include pain, redness, and swelling at the affected site. Additionally, pus or clear fluid may develop if an infection sets in. Certain risk factors heighten the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails, such as genetics, having curved nails, poor foot hygiene, and engaging in activities that put pressure on the toes. Understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and being aware of risk factors can empower individuals to take preventive measures and seek timely treatment for this uncomfortable condition. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options that are correct for you.
Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- Bacterial infections
- Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
- Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
- Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
- Genetic predisposition
Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.