An ingrown toenail is a frustrating foot condition that affects the edges or corners of our toenails. In most cases, an ingrown toenail will affect your big toe. The growth of an ingrown toenail pierces the skin next to the nail as it grows inwards, hence the name. Ingrown toenails can be accompanied by redness and slight swelling, are typically painful and may feel tender to the touch. They may seem like a minor issue, but ignoring an ingrown toenail can lead to infections, increased pain, and more serious foot conditions.
Today, we’re going to go over everything you need to know about ingrown toenails. At Feet First Clinic, one of our goals is to educate people on how to recognize the warning signs for various foot conditions: We’ll give you some tips on how to spot an ingrown toenail if you suspect you have one. We’ll also let you know some preventative tips for avoiding them in the future, as well as what treatment options are available to you.
Luckily, the main causes of an ingrown toenail are lifestyle habits that we can change! Simple things like wearing an ill-fitting shoe or a bad job Cutting your toenails can contribute to painful ingrown toenails. A small accident, such as stubbing your toe or cracking your toenail can also lead to an ingrown toenail. Below you will find a list of the main causes of ingrown toenails (Don’t worry, we’ll also let you know how you can prevent them!):
Ingrown toenails look like small growths or swelling next to your toenail. They typically affect the big toe and cause tenderness and redness. If you suspect you have this foot condition, you should start treatment from home and also be assessed by a chiropodist.
Since ingrown toenails pierce our skin, untreated ingrown toenails can lead to an infection and other harmful toenail conditions, such as Toenail fungus. Symptoms of an infected toenail to look out for are:
If you suspect you already have an infection, we recommend seeing your doctor or a foot specialist immediately.
It should also be noted that Diabetes patients are at a greater risk of developing complications from ingrown toenails, like infection. This is due to diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), a lack of blood circulation to the feet, and a compromised immune system. Diabetes patients should always maintain routine visits with a qualified foot specialist to pinpoint ingrown toenails, and other foot conditions, as early as possible.
Ingrown toenails can be treated with a combination of chiropody services and at-home foot care.
From home, you can soak your feet in a foot bath, which will properly clean your feet and ease foot pain. You should also ditch any shoes that are too small and invest in proper fitting footwear. Specifically, you may want to try wearing shoes with an open toe while you’re in the healing stage. Continuing to wear ill-fitting shoes will prevent the ingrown toenail from healing and make things worse.
From home, you should focus on learning how to cut toenails and keeping them properly trimmed. You should also keep your feet clean and observe your feet for cuts and scrapes. Proper footwear is also a key component to preventing future ingrown toenails. Your shoes should have a roomy toe box so your toes fit comfortably and aren’t bunched together.
Here is a comprehensive list of some preventative measures:
If you’re looking for more information, you can check out our downtown Toronto foot clinic’s Page on ingrown toenails!
Likewise, if you think you may need treatment, feel free to reach out to us. We pride ourselves in effectively communicating your concerns and needs as comfortably as possible. Don’t hesitate to call anytime to ask about your specific concerns. Our foot care experts are eager to provide actionable steps towards getting your feet as healthy as possible!
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