Posts for category: Toenail conditions
An ingrown toenail is most likely to occur on the big toe and is characterized by the edge of your toenail growing sideways and pushing into the skin of your toe, rather than growing over the top of it. Seniors are more susceptible to developing ingrown toenails, although this painful and often easily avoided condition can strike kids too.
Here are 3 of the causes of ingrown toenails:
- Improper toenail cutting technique—One of the primary causes of ingrown toenails is improper cutting. One of the easiest ways to prevent the toenail from getting started growing in the wrong direction is to be sure to cut your toenails straight across and a little long. That way, the nail can’t easily grow into the tender skin on the edge.
- Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight can press your toes together and push on your toenails. This added pressure can cause the toenail to grow into the skin.
- Hereditary influence—The tendency to develop ingrown toenails can also run in families, so if your parents have them, then be aware. Proper care and cutting technique can help mitigate these hereditary tendencies.
You can try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own by lifting up the edge of the nail and holding it in place with a piece of cotton. The nail will eventually grow out, but it can take a while, and you have to monitor the nail daily.
If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, seeing your podiatrist will ensure that you are getting the proper treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!
The Causes and Symptoms
Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…
Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:
- Cutting the toenail too short
- Rounding the toenail during grooming
- Wearing improperly fitting shoes
- Experiencing toe trauma
If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:
- Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
- Regular bleeding
- The presence of a pus-filled blister
- The skin has started growing over the nail
As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:
- Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
- Avoid snug or constraining shoes.
If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.
In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
- Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.
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Fungal toenail infections frequently appear to be going away but then the infection comes back. They can be very difficult to completely eliminate, especially because the inside of your shoes is the perfect location for the fungi to thrive.
As we age, we are more likely to develop fungal toenail and bacterial infections on our feet due to the decrease in blood flow to the extremities and the slowing down of the immune response.
Some of the main causes of recurring fungal toenail Infections include the following:
- Surface treatment—Over-the-counter remedies may not completely kill the fungi. Symptoms may subside for a while, but they often return requiring even more aggressive measures.
- Repeated contact with the fungi—Decontamination of your footwear is essential to prevent new infections from getting a foothold (so to speak!). Always be sure that any shower you share with others is properly disinfected to prevent spreading.
- Lowered immune response—People who have diabetes and circulatory disorders are more susceptible to getting recurrent fungal toenail infections, so see your podiatrist.
Treating and preventing difficult fungal toenail infections involves the following:
- Ask your podiatrist about cutting edge laser therapy for the treatment of difficult fungal toenails. Prescription medications may also be helpful. In the case of extremely advanced infections surgical removal of the nail will be require and a new, healthy nail will grow in place.
- Use antifungal spray and lotions in your shoes and on your feet and socks.
- Let your shoes completely dry between wearing to help kill fungal and bacterial organisms
- Protect your feet and wear shower shoes or sandals in locker rooms, showers, and pool areas to avoid contact with fungi and bacteria.
If you have a difficult fungal toenail, infection, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
An ingrown toenail can develop rather suddenly, and the painful and debilitating symptoms can make it hard to wear shoes or walk without severe discomfort. One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is cutting them too short. Dropping something heavy on your toes or kicking a step and stubbing your toe can also be a risk factor.
Some people are just born with overly curved toenails and have an inherent propensity for developing an ingrown toenail and other toe problems. However, by catching problems early you can decrease the pain and potential for infections.
Help prevent ingrown toenails with these tips:
- Cut your toenails properly—Aways cut your toenails as straight across as possible and keep them a little long so the edge doesn’t get under the edge of the tender skin on the edge of your toe.
- Wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box—Your footwear needs to be fitted correctly to be comfortable and supportive while still providing plenty of room in the toe box. Wearing high-heeled shoes regularly can cause many foot and ankle problems, including ingrown toenails, so maybe it’s time to dump the pumps!
- Try to do a daily foot inspection—Catching the signs of an ingrown toenail early in the development process will make it easier to treat with home remedies and will help to avoid bacterial or fungal toenail infections.
If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
You should always try to pay a little attention to the condition of your feet every day since they can be one of the first places that signs of disease show up. The condition of your toenails can reveal the existence of a variety of health problems including fungal infections, nutrient deficiencies, and systemic conditions like kidney and liver disease.
Some of the signs that frequently show up in your toenails that indicate you may have other health problems include the following:
- Thick and crumbly toenails—Having brittle and crumbling toenails can be the result of using harsh chemicals like detergents, nail polishes and removers. But the crumbling and thickening may also be a sign of a thyroid problem or a bacterial or fungal toenail infection.
- Dark or white lines—Either dark ones or white stripes across your toenails may be caused by lack of amino acids that produce protein. This can be caused by liver disease and poor vitamin and nutrient intake.
- Black or green toenails—A fungal toenail infection or skin condition at the edge of the nail may cause a darkening of the toenails. Toenails that turn dark green or black could be infected with bacteria, but it also could be a side effect of taking antibiotics. If you severely injure a toe from stubbing or dropping something heavy on it, the nail and toe may turn black and blue.
If you are experiencing crumbling and discoloration in your toenails, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!