It seems to be human nature that many folks wait until a serious problem is evident before seeking treatment for foot and ankle conditions. One way to head off potential problems with your toenails is to always give them a thorough inspection when you are trimming or polishing them. Check for a thickening and yellowing of the nail that may indicate a fungal toenail infection. Oozing, redness, and swelling at the edge of a toenail may be a sign of an ingrown toenail problem.
The 2 main causes of toenail problems:
- Ingrown toenails—Proper nail cutting technique will avoid many cases of this condition, so always try to cut your toenails as straight across as possible. Cutting your nails on a curve can create conditions for the edge of the nail to push into the tender skin. Avoid tight-fitting shoes since these can exacerbate the problem by pushing the toes into each other and by causing friction against the inside of your shoes.
- Fungal toenail infections—A fungal toenail infection is caused by the same organisms that cause athlete’s foot. Fungi love the dark, moist environment that is created inside your shoes, and when the fungi find their way underneath your toenails, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Topical and internal antifungal meds can be very effective and laser treatment is also available for difficult infections.
If you are experiencing problems with your toenails, see your podiatrist to find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha treats a variety of foot and ankle issues for his patients by providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!