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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 15, 2017
Category: Toe Pain

A common condition that patients bring to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is an ingrown toenail (also known as onychocryptosis). An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of a toenail curves down and digs into the skin. This causes the toe to become swollen and red. It can be quite painful, and, if the nail actually pierces through the skin an infection can develop.

Why Do Ingrown Toenails Form?

Improper trimming of toenails is the main cause ingrown nails. When nails are cut too short the skin tends to flap over the nail and the nail starts to grow into the skin. Other causes of ingrown nails include:

  • Pressure from shoes that are too tight or short in the toe box; wearing socks that are very tight can also increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
  • An injury or trauma to the toe.
  • Fungal infection
  • Heredity
  • Faulty foot structure

Treatment

When you first notice the nail has started to grow into the skin you can soak the foot in warm soapy water s

everal times a day and then try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If this does not work, you will need to come into our Pooler office for treatment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your toe and can perform a simple procedure known as a partial nail plate avulsion, which removes the  ingrown part of the toenail after anesthetizing the toe. If you notice any drainage or pus from the nail or you have a fever it is very important that you call our Pooler office immediately at: 912-330-8885 because this may indicate that an infection has developed and the foot doctor will need to prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. Too many patients suffer unnecessarily with ingrown toenails because they fear the treatment will be very painful. Don’t delay, the treatment is not painful and you will wonder why you waited so long after it’s done.

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