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Possible Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:00

When a toenail grows into the skin instead of over it, it is referred to as an ingrown toenail. The symptoms that are often accompanied with this condition can consist of tenderness, redness, and swelling. Common reasons for this condition to manifest may include wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, cutting the toenail too short, or from an injury that has happened to the toe. Patients who have ingrown toenails that are not infected may find mild relief when the foot is soaked in warm water. This may enable you to gently move the nail away from the skin it has grown into. If you have developed this ailment, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat infected and uncomfortable ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Jordana Szpiro, DPM, FACFAS of Boston Common Podiatry. 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 Boston, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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