Understanding Causes and Prevention of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails, a common and often painful ailment, result from the toenail’s edge growing into the surrounding skin. Various factors contribute to their occurrence, with improper toenail trimming being a leading cause. Cutting nails too short or rounding them rather than maintaining a straight edge can encourage ingrowth. Wearing tight-fitting shoes or socks that squeeze the toes may also exert pressure, pushing the toenail into the skin. Additionally, injury or trauma to the toe can contribute to this uncomfortable condition. Preventing ingrown toenails involves adopting meticulous nail care practices, trimming them straight across, and avoiding tight footwear. Maintaining good foot hygiene, especially during pedicures, can significantly reduce the risk of ingrown toenails. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
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 Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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.
- Improper toenail trimming
- 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.
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.