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What Can Cause An Ingrown Toenail?

Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Many patients experience the pain and discomfort an ingrown toenail can cause. Ingrown toenails happen as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the skin. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include swelling, redness, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge that oozes from the edge of the nail. This condition can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have have enough room for the toes to move freely in, in addition to trimming toenails too short or incorrectly. Patients may find relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, followed by inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge. This may help to gradually lift the nail away from the nail bed. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options, which may include surgically removing a portion of the nail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Scott Shrem of Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. 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 our office located in Hazlet, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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