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Possible Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

The big toe is typically affected if an ingrown toenail has developed. It is a condition that happens when the side of the nail grows into the surrounding skin. There are several symptoms that are associated with this ailment, including pain, swelling, and inflammation which can cause tenderness. Many patients develop ingrown toenails for a variety of reasons. These include wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly, trimming toenails improperly, or an injury which may have happened to the toe. Mild relief may be found when the toe is soaked in warm water, followed by using a cotton ball to to separate the nail from the skin. If you are a diabetic patient, or if an infection has formed, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

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 Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. 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 one of our offices located in Brunswick, Damariscotta, Augusta, ME. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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