An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem. When the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, breaking through the skin’s surface, the area becomes inflamed and uncomfortable. If left untreated, an ingrown nail can develop into a severe infection.
Anyone can get an ingrown toenail — athletes and people who spend a lot of time on their feet are particularly susceptible. The most common causes of ingrown toenails include:
Proper foot care is essential to good health and helps prevent ingrown toenails and subsequent infections. Trimming and filing your nails on a regular basis can help control their growth and prevent them from growing into the skin.
Not everyone experiences pain with an ingrown toenail, but some people find the pain unbearable, especially if infection develops. The pain can range from some discomfort to debilitating pain that makes it difficult to walk or stand.
Common symptoms of ingrown toenails include:
People with diabetes or other conditions affecting the circulatory system should seek prompt medical attention for ingrown toenails to ensure proper healing and prevent an infection.
If the ingrown toenail is the result of an injury, Dr. Hetman may perform an X-ray to determine how deep the nail is embedded in the skin.
Treatments for an ingrown toenail without infection include:
Infected nails may require a minor surgical procedure that removes part or all of the affected nail to eliminate the infection. Dr.Hetman will recommend the best course of treatment based on your medical needs.
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