Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Monday, 06 August 2018 00:00

A condition that is referred to as ingrown toenails commonly develops as a result of the toenails being trimmed incorrectly. This occurs when the corners of the nail grow into the skin, often producing pain and discomfort. There are several symptoms that may lead to the conclusion that an ingrown toenail has begun to form including redness and swelling around the affected area or a liquid discharge that comes from the nail. If the shoes that are worn fit poorly, this condition may begin to develop in addition to specific repeated activity, in which the toe consistently kicks a ball. The patient may find moderate relief by soaking the toe in warm salt water frequently throughout the day, in addition to inserting a small piece of dry cotton under the affected area. It’s strongly advised to consult with a podiatrist for correct treatment remedies that are right for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Marc Keys of Marc. S. Keys, DPM. Our doctor 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 Jackson and Adrian, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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