What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An Ingrown toenail is a common, although painful, nail impairment which occurs when the toenail curves into the flesh of the toe digging into the soft tissue. Ingrown toenails are often caused by improperly trimming toenails, tight-fitting shoes, repeated trauma, or heredity. While ingrown toenails can occur in any toe, the big toe is the most commonly affected.
What are the Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail?
How to Relieve Ingrown Toenail Pain
- Soak the infected area in warm salt water or soapy water
- Apply antiseptic and bandage
*Do NOT attempt to remove the infected nail on your own. If pain persists or worsens, visit your podiatrist for medical attention.
*People with circulatory disorders, such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, etc., should avoid self-treatment and seek podiatric care as soon as possible.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment Options
A podiatrist will remove the ingrown portion of the nail and prescribe an oral or topical medication to treat the infection. For those with a chronic ingrown toenail problem, a podiatrist can perform a procedure involving the removal of the root and corner of the nail.
Ingrown Toenail Prevention
- Proper toenail trimming technique – cut straight across at the tip of the toe using toenail clippers. Round corners gently with a nail file.
- Never rip or dig into corners of toenails.
- Avoid shoes with narrow or pointy toe boxes.
When to See a Podiatrist
Call your podiatrist immediately if drainage or excessive redness is present or when home treatment has been unsuccessful. *If you have poor circulation or diabetes, seek immediate treatment at the first sign of an ingrown toenail to avoid more serious complications.
Here at Podiatry Associates, we will help you determine the best possible treatment option to provide the relief you need. Contact us today!
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