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Symptoms and Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

When the toenail grows into the outer edges of the skin, it generally indicates that an ingrown toenail has developed. There are several causes of this ailment, including genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or trimming the toenails incorrectly. The symptoms that patients experience can include redness, swelling, and sensitivity surrounding the affected area. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent ingrown toenails from developing. Cut the toenails straight across, avoiding cutting down into the corners of the nail. It is also beneficial to have your feet routinely measured, as this can help you to purchase the correct size shoe. If you have an ingrown toenail, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

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 The Podiatry Center, PC. 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 office located in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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