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Overcoming an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

Ingrown toenails can develop when an injury occurs, if toenails are not trimmed properly, or if ill-fitting footwear is frequently worn. If this condition develops, the affected toenail will grow into the surrounding skin, often causing a great deal of pain. Some methods that can be used to relieve this discomfort include soaking the affected toe, keeping it elevated, and maintaining proper foot hygiene. If left untreated, it’s possible that the ingrown toenail can become infected. If this occurs, you will most likely see pus drain from around the affected toenail. For more information on how to promptly treat an ingrown toenail, please speak with a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • 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

Prevention

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.

Treatment

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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