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Learn more about ingrown toenails and how to prevent them in the future.
Most people will deal with an ingrown toenail at some point; however, if you find yourself dealing with this problem rather regularly then it’s important that you get to the bottom of what’s causing this to happen and discover measures you can take to safeguard yourself from this issue in the future. Our Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Babol is here to tell you more.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin around it, sometimes causing the nail to puncture the skin. When this happens, the body reacts as if it’s being attacked by a foreign invader. This results in inflammation around the affected toenail that is often painful. Since the skin around the toe is inflamed it can cause the skin to thicken, which also causes the nail to push deeper into the skin.
What are the causes?
There are several factors that can increase your chances of developing in ingrown toenail such as:
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Wearing high heels
- Improperly trimming your nails
How do you treat an ingrown toenail?
If the ingrown toenail is mild you can often treat the problem with simple at-home measures such as soaking your feet in warm water and wearing properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toe. If there is pus present or if the skin is warm to the touch these are signs of an infection, in which case our foot doctor should examine and treat the infection right away. Patients with diabetes who develop an ingrown toenail should come in right away for treatment to prevent further complications.
Your podiatrist might prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic to treat an infection or to prevent an infection. If the ingrown toenail doesn’t go away with proper treatment, surgery may be necessary to remove some of the nail or the whole nail.
Is it possible to prevent an ingrown toenail?
As we mentioned above, how you trim your toenails and the shoes you wear can increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail. Avoiding shoes that bunch up your toes or compress the toes is one surefire preventive measure you can take.
Furthermore, knowing how to trim your toenails is also important. Never trim the nails below the tips of your toes also keep them level. Also, trim nails straight across and never rounded.
If you are dealing with ingrown toenails or other foot problems don’t hesitate to call Foot & Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, today to schedule a consultation with us. Don’t just live with the pain. We can work together to find the right treatment plan to fit your needs.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.