Patients who have experienced an ingrown toenail often notice that their toe may become red and swollen. This condition occurs as a result of the outer edges of the toenail growing into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can produce severe pain and discomfort, and may ooze with a discharge if they become infected. This condition can develop for a variety of reasons including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, trimming the toenails improperly, or it may develop from a previous toe injury. Many patients have found mild relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, as this may help the skin to soften. If you are afflicted with this ailment, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
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. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
- Improper toenail trimming
- 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.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
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 offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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