Ingrown toenails are painful foot problems, and can disrupt your daily life, leading to discomfort. Understanding the causes behind them is crucial for prevention and effective management. A common culprit is improper toenail trimming. Cutting nails too short or rounding the edges can encourage them to grow into the skin. Tight-fitting shoes or socks can also compress the toenails, increasing the likelihood of inward growth. Trauma, such as stubbing your toe, also can distort the nail's growth pattern. Additionally, inherited factors and genetics can predispose some individuals to ingrown toenails. Infections and fungal conditions can further exacerbate the problem. It is essential to maintain proper nail care, wear well-fitting footwear, and address any foot issues promptly to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails and enjoy pain-free feet. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with relief and treatment options.
Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- 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
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.
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 offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.