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What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
- Increased pain, swelling, or redness
- Skin that’s hard to the touch
- Pus or drainage coming from the nail
Can you prevent ingrown toenails?
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
- Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
- Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
- Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
- Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
Ingrown toenails, a common foot problem, may make walking and wearing shoes painful. Fortunately, your New Albany, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry, provides treatments that will relieve your pain.
What causes ingrown toenails?
You may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails if:
- You don't use proper cutting techniques: Rounding your toenails makes it easier for the edges of the nails to grow into the skin. Cutting your nails straight across reduces your risk of ingrown toenails.
- Your nails curve: Do your toenails curve downwards? The position of your nails may increase your likelihood of painful ingrown nails.
- You wear tight shoes or socks: Tight shoes and socks apply constant pressure that can drive your toenails into your skin.
- Your feet sweat: It's easier for toenails to grow into the skin when your skin is soft and moist. Changing your socks and shoes often and using foot powder may keep your feet drier.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
If your toenail has just begun to grow into the skin, it may be possible to treat your ingrown nail at home. Soak your foot in warm water for about 15 or 20 minutes, then place a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail to free it. Replace the floss or cotton daily until the nail is no longer in danger of growing into the skin again. If the nail won't budge, don't force it. Don't try to treat ingrown toenails at home if you have diabetes. Call your New Albany, IN, foot doctor instead.
Make an appointment with your podiatrist if:
- Your nail is firmly embedded in your skin.
- You notice signs of infection, which may include redness, pus, pain, red streaks on your toe, warmth, or fever.
During your visit to the podiatry office, your foot doctor will numb your foot and removed the trapped part of the nail. He may also prescribe antibiotics to treat an infection or reduce the risk of infection. If ingrown toenails are a frequent problem for you, a minor procedure to remove the nail may be an option.
Have you been struggling with ingrown toenails? Call your podiatrist, Dr. Ladha, of Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an appointment.
The average person puts over a hundred thousand miles on their feet during their lifetime and all that stress and pressure eventually takes a toll with an increase in foot and ankle problems. Having regular visits with your foot doctor will help catch potential problems and avoid many potential future complications.
As you get older, foot and ankle problems often become more common:
- Toenail trouble—As you get older your toenails will become thicker and more brittle with an increased susceptibility to fungal toenail and bacterial infections. Your toenails will also be more difficult to trim properly possibly causing an ingrown toenail and subsequent infection.
- Arthritis—While several types of arthritis can affect the feet and ankles, the type that results from all the wear and tear on our joints over the years is called osteoarthritis. As the insulating cartilage in the joints gradually degrades the bone on bone, rubbing causes pain and stiffness in the joints, with the joints of the foot and toes often seriously affected.
- Balance and coordination difficulties—Nerve disorders like peripheral neuropathy that is caused by diabetes can decrease feeling in the feet leading to balance problems and an increased risk of falling.
- More frequent skin conditions—As you get older your skin tends to get dryer and this can exacerbate the formation of skin problems like calluses, corns, and cracked heels. Skin lesions should be carefully monitored since cancerous growths can mimic other skin problems.
If you are experiencing problems with your old feet, 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!
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!
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!