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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 11, 2018
Category: Ingrown toenails
Tags: ingrown toenail  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we often see foot conditions that are far worse than they need to be because patients attempted to treat themselves using “folk remedies.” One in particular that seems to have a lot of false information surrounding it is the ingrown toenail. There are several possible causes for this condition, including:

  • Trauma—stubbing your toe or having a heavy object fall on it can force a nail to grow inward
  • Heredity—the tendency toward ingrown nails can be genetic
  • Tight shoes and socks—footwear that squeezes the toes together can increase the likelihood of an ingrown nail
  • Poor nail care—toenails need to be cut straight across with no rounded edges and not so short that the corners are easily covered by the skin surrounding the nail
  • Other nail problems—certain conditions such as fungal infections can increase the risk of nails becoming ingrown

Chances are, if a toenail is ingrown you’ll know it. The skin around the ingrown nail will usually get red and very tender. It can also become swollen and hot and rather painful. In some cases, bacteria may enter the opening made by the nail into the skin and cause an infection.

If this occurs, you should contact our podiatry office in Pooler, GA by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may suggest that you soak the nail in warm water several times a day and gently try to massage the nail out of the skin. In more severe cases, a minor surgical procedure (done in office) can remove the part of the nail that is ingrown.  

Do not try any of these so-called remedies:

  • Placing a cotton ball under the nail. This provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow and develop an infection in your toe. It will not reduce the pain.
  • Cutting a notch in the nail. Popular myth says this reduces the tendency for the nail to curve downward. Not only does it not, it often results in a bad cut and infection that is more debilitating than the ingrown nail.
  • Repeatedly trimming nail borders. This will not change the way the nail grows and actually increases the chances of it growing inwardly.

Your best bet is to leave the medical treatment to the professionals.



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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885