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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 11, 2018
Category: Ingrown toenails
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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.

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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