An ingrown toenail is more than just an inconvenience — it can be downright painful. In fact, in the most severe cases, an ingrown toenail can turn into a bone infection and possibly even loss of a toe. Fortunately, you don’t have to let an ingrown toenail get out of control because the podiatrists of Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists in Newtown and Bristol, Pennsylvania, are here to help. Use the online appointment tool or call the location nearest you to schedule a visit with one of the experienced podiatrists.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail grows into your skin. It's most commonly found in the big toes, although ingrown toenails can occur in the other toes. An ingrown toenail can cause inflammation, swelling, and sometimes an infection, too. Ingrown toenails can be extremely uncomfortable, and often outright painful.
One of the most common causes of ingrown toenails is trimming your nails too short and in the wrong shape. If you cut your toenails in a curved shape very close to the skin, the nails are more likely to burrow into your flesh as they grow to create an ingrown toenail.
Other possible causes of ingrown toenails include wearing shoes that compress your toes or stub your toe. Sometimes, ingrown toenails can be a congenital issue. Some ingrown toenail sufferers simply happen to have unusually curved nails that predispose them to this problem.
It depends on the situation. If you have diabetes or if you suffer from any type of chronic foot disease, you should see your Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you've got severe pain, throbbing feeling in your toe, significant swelling, or pus discharge from your toe, it's likely that you have an infection. You should see a podiatrist as soon as possible in this case.
If you're in the early stages of an ingrown toenail, and you have no history of ingrown toenails or other foot issues, home care may be enough to remedy the issue. Avoid wearing shoes that squeeze your toes until your ingrown toenail is better. Use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream and do warm foot baths daily. If there’s no improvement after a few days, see your podiatrist for help.
Your ingrown toenail treatment starts with symptom relief. If you have an infection, your podiatrist may prescribe oral antibiotics if topical antibiotics prove ineffective. If you’ve got severe swelling, your podiatrist may need to drain your toe of fluid buildup.
Sometimes, your podiatrist may need to remove part of or the entire nail to remedy the issue. Your podiatrist will also work with you to learn new foot care habits to prevent a recurrence.
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