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Ingrown Toe Nails or Toe Nail Deformities

An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem faced by many people. It is the condition wherein the side or corner of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe. While some people are more prone to ingrown toenails due to the thickness and size of their toenails, many are affected with it due to wrong practices or habits. Of the possible causes of ingrown toenails, the most common is wearing ill-fitting shoes and incorrect nail trimming. Both create factors for the nails to press into the toes.

Pain, redness and swelling on the affected toe are the typical symptoms for those who have ingrown toenails. If left uncared for, ingrown toenails can become infected and create more complications especially for diabetic patients. Pain is usually severe when there is pressure on the toes during walking or with tight footwear.

Caring for ingrown toenails can sometimes be done at home, but do not try removing the toenail by trimming the affected part. This could lead to infection or could worsen the problem. It would help to soak the foot to soften the nails. If the toenail is very short or burrowed deep in the skin, soak the foot in warm water 3 to 4 times a day and softly massage the inflamed area. During other times of the day make sure to keep the toes dry. Do not wear closed-toe footwear to avoid aggravating the problem. After the condition has healed, wear good footwear and trim nails straight across to avoid the recurrence of ingrown toenails.

If the above steps do not work and the pain worsens, seeing a podiatrist is the best option. A foot doctor can prescribe medication for the pain and for the inflammation and infection if there is any. He can also remove the ingrown toenail with a minor surgical procedure and perform treatment to help avoid recurrence.

If you are suffering from severe and recurring ingrown toenails, see Dr. Belmont Anderson to get the right treatment and care for your problem.