Ingrown toenails are a rather painful ailment that occurs when your toenails curl too far into your skin along the sides of your nail. Symptoms include soreness and discomfort in your toes, as well as inflammation and, in some cases, pus. The area is very prone to infection, both skin and bacterial. Without treatment, serious infections can easily occur.
So what causes ingrown toenails? Fortunately, most of the causes are something you can prevent. Improperly cutting your nails is a main cause of ingrown toenails, so make sure that you do not cut too close to the skin and maintain an even nail. Wearing properly fitting shoes is also a way to help prevent ingrown toenails. When your shoes are too tight, your toes are forced together, causing your toenails, particularly if they are too long, to be pressed into the skin around your toes. Ailments such as fungal infections, injuries, and poor foot structure can also be culprits as to why you have an ingrown toenail.
If you have an ingrown toenail, it is important to see a podiatrist right away, especially if you are diabetic or do not have the best immune system. Most podiatrists can perform a simple procedure that involves trimming and draining the toenail if this is not a recurring issue. If an ingrown toenail continues to be a problem, the nail border can be removed without causing any damage to the rest of the toenail.
Call us at 847-540-9949 to set up an appointment if you have an ingrown toenail and we can determine what your best treatment option is.
Courtesy of: Remedy Land