If an individual has an ingrown toenail, the side of one of their toenails has essentially grown into the skin. This can occur as a result of cutting the toenails too short or irregularly, which encourages the skin to grow over top of the nail. Importantly, ingrown toenails can become infected if they are never addressed or treated. Infections of this kind can make a person experience swelling, bleeding, a foul smell, or pain. Infections from ingrown toenails are usually either fungal or bacterial infections. If you have an ingrown toenail and believe that it has developed an infection, contact a podiatrist. This foot specialist will be able to help you identify the problem and come up with a plan to address it.
Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Arthur Segall, Jr., DPM of Segall Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, and Margate, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.