Ingrown Toenail in Salem, OR
Cause of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, is usually caused by trimming toenails too short, particularly on the sides of the big toes. They may also be caused by shoe pressure (from shoes that are too tight or short), injury, fungus infection, heredity, or poor foot structure. Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail dig into the skin, often causing infection. A common ailment, ingrown toenails can be painful. Ingrown toenails start out hard, swollen, and tender. Left untreated, they may become sore, red, and infected and the skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail. Cascade Foot Center can help answer any questions you may have about ingrown toenails and how you can treat them.
Symptoms of aN INGROWN TOENAIL
When you wear shoes that are too tight, you stub your toe, or cut your nails too short, it can cause ingrown toenails to form and there are signs that you should be on the lookout to treat your ingrown toenail as soon as possible. Some signs of an ingrown toenail are:
- Pain or tenderness on one or both sides of the toenail.
- Redness around the toenail.
- Swelling around the toenail.
- Infection of the tissue around your toenail.
- Pus around the nail.
TREATMENting an ingrown toenail
In most cases, treating ingrown toenails is simple: soak the foot in warm, soapy water several times each day. Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if an infection is present.Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.In severe cases, if an acute infection occurs, surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. Known as partial nail plate avulsion, the procedure involves injecting the toe with an anesthetic and cutting out the ingrown part of the toenail.
Your doctor may recommend some at-home remedies for you to try to reduce any pain or infection you may be experiencing. Some treatments to try are:
- Soaking the foot in warm water.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help relieve pain.
If your ingrown toenail doesn’t begin to heal in a few days, it’s important to follow up with your doctor and look into other treatment options. Your Cascade Foot Center Podiatrist may need to remove part of the toenail to help the nail grow back properly.
INGROWN TOENAILS CAN BE PREVENTED BY:
- Trimming toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
- Ensuring that shoes and socks are not too tight.
- Keeping feet clean at all times.
Contact your Cascade Foot Center Podiatrist Today!
If you have any of the symptoms of an ingrown toenail, you must contact your doctor as soon as possible for treatment. Contact your podiatrist if you have any questions about treating or preventing an ingrown toenail and how you can keep your feet as healthy as possible.