Ingrown toenails, a common condition where the nail grows into the toe's skin, can lead to infections if not properly managed. They most often affect the big toe and can result from trauma, improper nail trimming, and wearing tight footwear. The skin surrounding the ingrown nail becomes red, swollen, and painful, and may produce pus, indicating an infection. Preventing infection in ingrown toenails involves proper foot hygiene and nail care. Toenails should be cut straight across, avoiding rounding the corners which can encourage the nail to grow into the skin. Wearing properly fitting shoes that provide enough space for the toes to wiggle freely in can also reduce the risk. If you have an ingrown toenail and suspect an infection, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment.
Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Cary Golub, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.
- Improper toenail trimming
- Improper shoe fitting
- Injury from pedicures or nail picking
- Abnormal gait
- Poor hygiene
You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.
Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.
Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.
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