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How Do I Know If I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of your nail grows into the skin surrounding it instead of growing over the skin as it should. The toenails of the big toe are the most likely to become ingrown. You may notice first milder symptoms of an ingrown toenail. The area surrounding the ingrown nail will often become swollen, tender, and slightly painful to the touch. Without treatment, the ingrown toenail may become infected. Symptoms of an infection can include redness of the surrounding skin, throbbing pain, pus coming out of your toe, and even fever. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment. A podiatrist can also give you suggestions on how to prevent ingrown toenails in the future. Some of the preventative measures you can take include cutting your nails straight across and not too short and avoiding uncomfortable shoes that crowd your feet.

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 one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors 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 offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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