A common condition that usually affects your big toe. A condition where the corners or side of a toenail grows into the flesh.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by the following:
- Poorly cut nails
- Tight shoes/socks/stockings
- Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities
The following symptoms may be present with ingrown toenails:
- Pain redness and swelling
- Drainage (pus or clear fluid)
- Prominent skin tissue (proud flesh)
If you suspect an ingrown toenail, bathe your foot in a bowl of warm salt water for approximately 5 minutes, then apply an antiseptic ointment.
Cover the area to keep clean and make an appointment to see your podiatrist.
Conservative treatment consists of, removal of the offending nail spike, or surgically removal with sterilization of the nail matrix. This procedure requires a local anesthetic and the procedure is done in the podiatrist’s rooms
If the infection has been long standing nail surgery may be required. Surgery is an in rooms procedure allowing you to return to work/school the following day. A course of antibiotics from your Doctor is required 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.