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Possible Reasons Why an Ingrown Toenail May Develop

Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

The medical term for a common foot condition that is known as ingrown toenails is referred to as onychocryptosis. It is a painful ailment that develops as a result of the outer edges of the toenail growing into the surrounding skin. The symptoms that often accompany an ingrown toenail often include redness and swelling. Additionally, if the impacted area becomes infected, there may be a discharge. Ingrown toenails may develop for a variety of reasons. These can include trimming the toenails incorrectly, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, and having an existing medical condition such as diabetes. Many patients have found mild relief when the toe is soaked in warm water, as this may help to soften the edges of the nail. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

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 Family Foot Care of Long Island. 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 Port Jefferson Station, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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