Ingrown toenails, or onchyocrptosis, can affect anyone of any age or gender, and it generally affects the big toe. Causes of ingrown toenails include tight-fitting shoes, infections or injury to the nail, and cutting your toenails too short. Practicing good foot hygiene is also important in ensuring that your toenails stay healthy. Avoid cutting the nails in a rounded shape at the sides and make sure that your shoes are comfortable.
Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
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 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 office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.