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Ingrown Toenails And How to Prevent Them
An ingrown toenail arises when the side or the top of the toenail (usually on the big toe) grows into the skin around the toe. Ingrown toenails can be painful and if not treated, promptly can cause an infection. Dr. Frank Campo is a podiatrist at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA. He specializes in foot and ankle problems.
What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail may be caused by:
- Not cutting your toenails evenly
- Toenails that grow in a curved or irregular shape
- Socks that are too tight and put pressure on your toes
- Shoes that are pointed or have a narrow toe box
- Trauma to your toenail
- Not keeping your feet clean or dry
- A hereditary condition
Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
Many Boston residents who recognize these symptoms choose Dr. Campo for their podiatry needs:
- Tender skin around the affected toenail
- Redness and swelling around the nail
- Pain in the toe when wearing shoe or socks or walking
Signs that you may have an infection in the toenail include:
- A yellowish-green discharge
- An unpleasant smell coming from the nail
- Persistent pain
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should talk to a podiatrist as soon as possible. If you suffer from diabetes, you may have an increased risk of ingrown toenails.
Avoiding Ingrown Toenails
- Cut your toenails evenly, straight across
- Avoid cutting your nails too short
- Wear shoes and socks that fit comfortably and give your toes plenty of room
If you have concerns about an ingrowing toenail or any other foot problems and you’re looking for a podiatrist, call Dr. Campo at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA today at (617) 248-8682.
Ingrown toenails are common, and if one makes its way to your foot, pain, redness, swelling, and irritation will arise immediately. If you arehaving an issue with this condition, take a step toward relief by scheduling an appointment with Frank S. Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA. Read on to learn more about ingrown toenails and how your local podiatrist can help treat them!
Ingrown Toenail Causes
The most common causes of ingrown toenails include:
- Improper toenail trimming
- Poor foot structure due to heredity
- Tight shoes
- Fungal infection
If painful symptoms occur frequently, our podiatrist may ask you a few questions about your lifestyle and footwear choices. This will help determine the cause of the problem and find a solution.
Ingrown Toenail Prevention
Ingrown toenails are preventable in a few ways, but because they are usually the result of improperly trimmed nails, we especially recommend taking care to cut the nail straight across. Avoid cutting the corners of the nail, and always be sure to wear shoes that allow your toes to breathe.
Non-invasive Treatment Options
He at our Boston office, we always explore non-invasive treatment options for ingrown toenails first before suggesting surgery. A warm foot soak in soapy water may alleviate skin inflammation, and so will avoiding tight footwear, tight socks, and high-heel shoes. We may prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present. In severe cases, we will perform a procedure to remove the infected toenail. You should never attempt to remove an ingrown toenail on your own.
Need Treatment? Give Us a Call
If you have issues with ingrown toenails and are seeking removal, contact podiatrist Frank S. Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, to discuss treatment options. To learn more about ingrown toenail treatments and the other services we provide, visit our website. If you need to request an appointment, or for questions and concerns, please call (617) 248-8682.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.