Jessica Simpson, the famous pop star, recently turned to Twitter after undergoing surgery to remove an ingrown toenail. Simpson tweeted a picture of the surgically removed nail resting on a piece of gauze. Simpson’s tweet included a drawing of a toe in pain, indicating that the ingrown toe had been extremely painful for the star.
Ingrown toes are a painful condition that may require foot surgery, like Simpson. If you are experiencing foot pain and suspect you might have an ingrown toe, you should speak with a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry who can provide consultation and recommendations to determine the appropriate treatment options.
Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
- Let your toenails grow out
- Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
- Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
- Rest with your feet up
If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation. Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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