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Why do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

When the toenail grows into the skin on the side of the big toe, it may be indicative of an ingrown toenail. This is generally a painful condition, and may occur as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, it may develop from improperly trimming the toenails.  Research has indicated that it is beneficial to replace running shoes approximately every six months, as this can ensure a proper fit. There are some patients who have a poor walking style, and this may contribute to obtaining ingrown toenails. Moderate relief may be found when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, as this can help to soften the skin. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, or have recurring ingrown toenails, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the correct treatment options for you.

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 Dr. Steven Stanton of CyFair Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 Cypress, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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