How Does an Ingrown Toenail Develop?

Ingrown toenails affect the big toe, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. This happens as a result of the nail growing into the skin and can cause redness and an oozing discharge. It may develop as a result of toenails that are curved or thick, or possibly from an injury that has occurred. Additional reasons why ingrown toenails may form can come from wearing shoes that are too tight, or from trimming the nail improperly. Your toe may feel better after it is soaked in warm water and wearing shoes that are comfortable can aid in the healing process. If your toe has become infected, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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LeKeisha Y. George, DPM, Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care, 71-11 110th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 718-520-8811