An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of nail begins to grow into the skin instead of over it, digging into the skin on the side of the toe.
If a toenail grows into or breaks the skin, the area will become irritated and can lead to pain, swelling, redness and irritation.
If the toenail breaks the skin, an infection can occur. A toe infection is a common problem, especially in a person with diabetes, poor circulation or a weakened immune system.
Causes Of An Ingrown Toenail
This condition is common to women and men, frequently affecting in the big toe.
The most common causes of an ingrown toenails include:
- Improper Toenail Trimming
- Poor Fitting Foot Wear
- Toenail Trauma
- Poor Foot Hygiene
- Activities (Soccer, Dance, etc.)
- Fungal Infection
It’s not unusual for the condition to recur without appropriate treatment.
Professional Foot Treatment
You should see a podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid developing complications if you have:
- Weakened Immune System
- Poor Blood Circulation
A podiatrist will evaluate your foot and review your medical history. Treatment typically includes a prescription for oral or a topical medication. A podiatrist may place a splint under the nail to help it grown away from the skin.
When a toenail is very ingrown, a podiatrist may recommend a minor procedure to remove part or all of the toenail. During a procedure, the toe is numbed and the edge of the ingrown nail is cut and the piece of nail is removed.
If ingrown toenails are a chronic problem, a podiatrist may recommend an ablation. An ablation can be done to destroy part are all of a nail root, preventing the toenail from growing back.
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