The medical term for an ingrown toenail is onychocryptosis. It can cause pain and discomfort from the nail growing into the sides of the skin. It is a common foot condition that can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, many people develop ingrown toenails from genetic factors or from trimming the toenails incorrectly. The symptoms that are often observed with ingrown toenails are toe pain, redness, and a discharge may ooze from the affected area. The foot may feel better when it is soaked in warm water, and this can help to soften the skin. In mild cases, the ingrown toenail can be pushed away from the skin, which may accelerate healing. If you have developed an ingrown toenail and, especially if you have medical conditions that can include diabetes or neuropathy, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide the care needed.
Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- Bacterial infections
- Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
- Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
- Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
- Genetic predisposition
Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.
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