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How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated?

Monday, 17 May 2021 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin instead of over it. This can cause the area to become red, swollen, tender, and painful. Ingrown toenails usually respond well to home treatments. At the earliest signs of an ingrown toenail, you may find relief by wearing wider or open-toed shoes, trimming the toenails straight across, or using tape to pull the skin beside the nail out of the way as the nail grows. Soaking the affected toe in lukewarm water mixed with Epsom salts or a mild soap may also help. Occasionally, there are cases where an ingrown toenail recurs and surgical removal of part of the nail is necessary. If you or your child has a painful or recurrent ingrown toenail, or if the area is showing signs of infection, seek the care of a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Kennan Runte, DPM of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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