Ingrown Toenail Trouble
When the corner of your toenail grows into the soft skin on the side of your toe, not only can it be extremely painful, but also it can lead to a serious infection. One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails is cutting the nails too short and rounded instead of straight across. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also cause a poorly trimmed nail to push harder into the skin.
Symptoms will include pain, redness, and swelling of the skin on the edge of the nail, tenderness to touch, and a yellowish discharge that may be the sign of an infection.
Treatment for ingrown toenails:
Often an ingrown toenail will heal with the help of warm water foot soaks and elevation to take the pressure off the toe, but any signs of pus or redness accompanied by increasing pain should be addressed promptly to avoid possible spreading of the infection to the underlying tissue and bone. In some ingrown toenail cases, your foot doctor may need to cut out the infected tissue and trim the nail. This can be done on an outpatient basis on a local anesthetic, and the recovery period is minimal.
Patients with diabetes should be extremely careful to visually check for ingrown toenails, since the pain may not be noticeable due to peripheral neuropathy.
Preventing ingrown toenails:
You can help prevent this condition by always cutting your toenails straight across, and not rounded on the sides. Make sure your shoes are not too tight, and that there is plenty of room in the toebox. Your shoes should also be appropriate for the activity to help prevent injuries to your feet.
For more expert advice on ingrown toenail treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!