Ingrown toenails can be painful, embarrassing, and—at worst—may even become infected, swollen, red, or purulent. You can put yourself more at risk of getting an ingrown toenail if you trim your nails improperly or too short. Your toenails should be cut straight across, but not so short that they grow into the surrounding skin. Ill-fitting shoes, tight socks, and sweaty feet can compromise the skin around your toes and make it easier for your nail to pierce or press into the skin and eventually grow into it. Even stubbing your toe or other injuries can make it more likely for an ingrown toenail to develop. If your ingrown toenail progresses, a podiatrist has a variety of treatments to relieve pain and pressure, and to prevent infection.
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 Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
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.
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