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Are you concerned about getting another ingrown toenail? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your board-certified podiatrist can help you prevent another episode of this common foot problem. Dr. Daniel Waldman helps many patients just like you have healthy nails and well-functioning feet.
A deformed toenail
How does an ingrown toenail happen? Onychocryptosis, as podiatrists call it, happens when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Usually, the big toenail is involved, says Healthline, and pain, tenderness, redness, and infection may result.
Factors contributing to an ingrown toenail include:
- Incorrect nail trimming
- Wearing shoes which are too snug in the toe box
- Inherited foot structure
- Wearing sweaty, poorly-fitting socks
- Trauma to the toe
- Repeated pressure to the toe through sports (kicking a ball, dancing)
Treatment typically involves soaking the foot at home and the use of pain medication as needed. However, when symptoms continue or worsen, you should see your podiatrist in his Asheville, NC, office for an eyes-on exam.
Dr. Waldman may recommend partial nail removal, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The National Health Service says this surgery works 98 percent of the time.
Preventing ingrown toenails
These are the steps you can take to avoid, or lessen the severity of, onychomycosis:
1. Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean pedicure tool. Do not round the corners.
2. Wear shoes that are roomy and well-fitting, placing no pressure on the big toes.
3. Washing and drying your feet daily to avoid fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot.
4. Changing your socks daily, or whenever they are sweaty or wet.
5. Wear safety shoes at work (with steel toes to protect against trauma).
6. See your podiatrist right away at the first sign of redness or pain.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers
Dr. Daniel Waldman can help you with a variety of foot health problems, including ingrown toenails. He is nationally and internationally known for his advanced surgical methods, including the latest in minimal incisions.
Call our Asheville, NC, office for an appointment with this outstanding podiatrist: (828) 254-5371. Or, contact us through our website: www.blueridgefoot.com.
An ingrown toenail is a common and painful condition of the toes. It occurs when one or both sides of the nail break grow into the skin of the toe, rather than over it. As a result, the irritated skin becomes painful, red and swollen. Fortunately, when detected early, an ingrown toenail can generally be treated effectively from home. But when left untreated, an ingrown toenail is prone to infection, as bacteria can enter your body via the penetrated skin. Professional treatment from your podiatrist is necessary to treat the infection.
Self-Care for Ingrown Toenails
Regardless of the cause, understanding how to care for an ingrown toenail can go a long way to help prevent painful infections. In its earliest stage, an ingrown toenail can generally be cared for and successfully treated from home. For non-infected nails:
- Soak your foot in warm water several times a day to relieve swelling and soreness.
- Wash and dry your foot to keep the affected area clean.
- Wear comfortable footwear with a wide toe box, or sandals when weather permits.
- Avoid cutting the nail, as this can make the condition worse.
- Over-the-counter medications may temporarily ease the pain, though they don’t heal the underlying problem.
Conservative treatments won’t always be successful. When excessive swelling, pain or discharge is present, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by your podiatrist. If you have diabetes or nerve damage, avoid home treatment and see your podiatrist for safe and professional care.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails is Easy
With a few simple precautions, you can easily prevent ingrown toenails.
- Wear properly fitting shoes and socks that allow for adequate toe room.
- Trim your toenails straight across, and avoid cutting them too short.
- Keep your feet clean and dry, as this prevents bacteria formation.
Ingrown toenails are a very common condition of the toes. The key to avoiding ingrown toenails is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Your podiatrist can administer treatment, such as an oral antibiotic or a minor surgical procedure, to stop the pain and remove the infection. Call today to schedule an appointment!