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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 occur when your toenails curve into your toe causing pain and possibly injury. Specific factors increase your chances of getting them. Knowing these risk factors could help you prevent ingrown toenails. Your podiatrists at Clintonville Foot and Ankle Group in Columbus, and Dublin, OH, could help prevent and treat your ingrown toenails.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
The wrong footwear feels uncomfortable, makes walking difficult, and increases your risk of getting ingrown toenails. Shoes that are too tight push your toenails deep into the nail bed, therefore, acting as a trigger for ingrown toenail development.
If you care about the health of your feet, then you should follow your Columbus, and Dublin, OH, podiatrists' advice and switch to comfy shoes. A good way to know if your shoe is right for you is to check if you can wiggle your toes. Your toes shouldn't feel cramped so, go for shoes with a wide toebox. Wearing high-heeled shoes for long periods can increase your ingrown toenail risk. That's because they force your toes to bear most of your weight.
Trim Your Nails Right
If you usually curve the edge of your toenails when trimming, you increase your likelihood of getting ingrown toenails. The best way to trim your toenails is straight across. Consider investing in a good pair of toenail clippers that are wide enough to clip your toenails straight across.
You can use also use a good pair of scissors to cut through ensuring that you maintain a straight line across your toenail. Avoid aggressively trimming your toenails. Ensure that you aren't trimming your toenails too short.
Protect Your Toes
Persistent foot injury can cause ingrown toenails. That's why ingrown toenails are common among athletes. A good way to prevent ingrown toenails is to protect your feet from injuries. If you're an athlete, ensure that you're wearing the right type of footwear for your sport to reduce your chance of injury.
To schedule a consultation with your Columbus, and Dublin, OH, podiatrists at Clintonville Foot and Ankle Group call our Columbus locations at (614) 267-8387 or (614) 272-2313. You can also reach our Dublin location at (614) 761-1466.
Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.