Ingrown toenails can be unsightly and extremely irritating. They can make each step you take painful and get in the way of your favorite activities.
Anyone that has suffered from an ingrown toenail would say that taking any all preventative steps is worth the effort. However, not all instances of ingrown toenails could be avoided. This is why it’s important to know how to treat ingrown toenails before they turn into something worse.
Sustaining an ingrown toenail can be as easy as not trimming your toenails properly. When you cut your toenails, be sure to cut them in a straight line as to not encourage the nail to expand out into the skin. The same can be said for cutting your toenails too short. Tight shoes that crowd the nail can force the toenail to grow irregularly. Genetics can make patients more vulnerable to ingrown toenails by having unusually curved nails. Pressure and posture also can play a role in how your nails can dig into your toe skin over time.
This is certainly the case for professional athletes that are extremely susceptible to ingrown toenails, especially ballerinas, kickboxers and football and soccer players. The excessive pressure placed on their feet can injure or irritate the nail, leading to irregular growth into the skin.
What are the Signs of Ingrown Toenails?
Those suffering from an ingrown toenail will experience redness and swelling where the nail has grown into the skin. A sign of worsening ingrown nails is the development of pus. This can be an indication of infection.
Side-Effects of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, can lead to serious infections. This is especially the case if you suffer from blood flow issues such as diabetes. The infection will manifest in the toe and can spread into the bone of the foot.
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
Some at home remedies such as lifting the nail with a q-tip, soaking the feet in warm water or over the counter medication, may provide temporary relief from pain. However, for those suffering from severe or persistent ingrown toenails, surgery will be required to fully treat your symptoms.
Dallas podiatrists treat ingrown toenails in three ways, partial, complete and permanent nail removal. Partial nail removal, only removes the part of the nail that is inside of the skin. This provides effective relief from ingrown toenail symptoms but may leave the patient susceptible to future occurrences. Complete nail removal may be necessary for more sever cases and provides patients with longer lasting relief. Permanent ingrown toenail treatments involve the removal of the root of the nail so that it will not grow back. This, of course, provides patients with a permanent solution to their severe or chronic ingrown toenail issues. Foot doctors in Dallas may also prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to treat or prevent foot infections that occur as a result of ingrown toenails.
If you are suffering from a pesky ingrown toenail, find out what Infinity Foot and Ankle can do to provide lasting relief from your toe or foot pain.