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Do I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 09 March 2020 00:00

The big toe is negatively affected when an ingrown toenail develops. It can happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move freely in. An additional reason why this condition may occur can include trimming the toenails improperly. This may cause moderate pain and discomfort, and an infection may occur if there is a lack of treatment. Common symptoms of an ingrown toenail can include swelling and redness on the outer edges of the nail, and it may be difficult to wear shoes. Moderate relief may be found when the affected toe is soaked in warm water several times per day, and the nail is gently pulled away from the side of the toe. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment 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 Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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 one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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