INGROWN TOE NAILS
The most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is the most common location for this condition, but other toes can also become affected.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by the following:
- Improperly trimmed nails
- Shoe pressure;crowding of toes
- Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities
The following symptoms may be present with ingrown toenails:
- Pain Redness and swelling
- Prominent skin tissue (proud flesh)
If you suspect an infection due to an ingrown toenail, immerse the foot in a bowl of warm salt water to soak for a few minutes, then apply an antiseptic. Bandage the area and make an appointment to see your podiatrist.
Podiatry Treatment may consist of surgically removing the offending portion of nail. This procedure is done in the podiatrist's rooms
The infected toe, if swollen, may require a course of antibiotics from your GP prior to surgery.
People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self-treatment and seek podiatric care as soon as possible.
Ingrown nails can be prevented by trimming toenails straight across, selecting proper shoe style and size - not too tapered or shallow and paying special attention to foot pain.