Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.
One of the most common problems we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care are ingrown toenails. They can happen to anyone and some people are more prone to getting them. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail is unable to grow upward, for a number reason, and instead starts to grown into the skin. They can be painful and due to the breaking of skin, they can get infected.
Ingrowns can cause the skin to become red and irritated. Since they are painful, many people try to dig or cut them out themselves. While this does work for some people, those who are diabetic or have compromised immune systems would be best to leave it to a doctor to remove the ingrown nail. Once an ingrown toenail becomes infected though, it is best to leave it alone all together, and call a doctor.
There are several reasons you do not want to pick at an ingrown toenail that is showing signs of infections. First of all, you can make the infection worse. There are many different types of infection and opening the area up can welcome more bacteria, viruses or fungi into the wound. Picking at the site can also push the infection deeper into the tissue, and eventually bone. Having an infection in the skin and tissue is bad enough, but a bone infection can comprise the entirety of your health. If you think you have an ingrown, the best thing to do is call the doctor and have a professional remove it. This can save you pain, money and time.
What causes them?
Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe, and occur most often from poor-fitting footwear. This is because tight shoes can put pressure on the nail, and force them to grow downwards instead of growing outwards.
They can also occur from direct trauma, such as in dropping a heavy object on your toe. Some people are more prone to getting ingrown toenails simply because their nails tend to grow in curved.
One of the best ways you can prevent ingrown toenails is cut your toenails straight across, without rounding out the corners. When cutting your toenails, it is important to make sure that you do not cut your toenails too short, as this can also increase the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.
Wearing appropriate-fitting shoes, like those with a wide toe box, will also help prevent ingrown toenails by preventing the deforming pressure on the nails that can lead to ingrown toenails.
Most patients with ingrown toenails report pain on the sides of the toenail where it digs into the skin. This may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and discharge if infected.
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on its severity. For some patients, simply removing a portion of the offending nail will solve the problem. This must be done correctly, however, or it will likely come back. For this reason, when toenails are ingrown it is best to leave this to a professional. For more severe cases, more of the nail might have to be removed and a chemical can be used to make sure that portion of nail will not grow back.
If left untreated, ingrown toenails will usually not resolve on their own, and can lead to infection; for this reason, if you think you might have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with myself or any of our doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care in Sidney OH, Piqua OH, Troy OH and Huber Heights OH, to have it evaluated.
As warm weather approaches, women (and even a growing number of men, like NFL stars Tim Tebow and Victor Cruz) are getting pedicures to improve the way their feet look. For those who opt to get a salon pedicure, we at Advanced Foot & Ankle Care want you to keep three things in mind to have your feet looking and feeling their best all summer long.
Bring Your Own Tools
Unfortunately, not all tools at nail salons are sterilized properly. For this reason, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself at nail salons is to invest in your own set of tools. By bringing your own set of tools, you can decrease the risk of infection since these instruments haven’t been used on anyone else. If you do not wish to invest in your own kit, do make sure that the tools they are about to use have been sterilized.
Only Cut Nails Straight Across
Make sure that your technician uses a toenail clipper that has a straight edge and cuts your toenails straight across. This is also a good practice to keep at home if you ever cut your own toenails, as cutting them straight across helps prevent painful ingrown toenails. If you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, avoid the salon and make an appointment to have it examined by one of our podiatrists.
Only Color Healthy Nails
If your nails look healthy, feel free to have them painted. However, if your nails are yellow, thick, or brittle, do not try to cover them up with nail polish. Since these are symptoms of nail fungus, call any of our offices: Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua and Sidney, to make an appointment to have them examined by one of our physicians. We at Advanced Foot & Ankle Care have a wide variety of treatment options, including our Cutera Laser, which can kill fungus without damaging the surrounding tissue.