Ingrown toenails can be painful annoyances with a potential for infection.
Ingrown toenails are usually caused by trimming toenails too short, most commonly on the sides of the big toes. However, this is not the only the only cause.
Ingrown toenails can be prevented by:
•Trimming toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
•Ensuring that shoes and socks are not too tight.
•Keeping feet clean at all times.
If have ever experienced an ingrown toenail you already know that early intervention is important. The level of pain, discomfort and potential for infection will increase when ingrown toenails are left untreated. Infection is more likely when the nail causes a break in the skin. This open wound allows bacteria to enter the wound and often our feet are exposed to more bacteria than other parts of our bodies. Also, our feet often spend long periods in the warm moist environments that footwear creates. This environment often contributes to discomfort and potential for infection.
Signs of an Ingrown Toenail
A toe, which is red, swollen and perhaps warm to the touch are signs that your toenail is ingrown. If you notice that your nail appears to curve downward into the skin this is a sign that your ingrown toenail can lead to infection in your toe.
Ingrown toenail treatments will depend on the severity of the condition. Many people attempt to remedy an ingrown toenail on their own and if done incorrectly bathroom surgeries often lead to infection and further complications. Initial treatments can be safely performed at home, read more information about home remedies for ingrown toenails.
Prevent Ingrown Toenails
Preventing ingrown toenails can prevent pain, infection and possible complications. Prevention begins by understanding the causes of ingrown toenails.
How to Treat an Ingrown Toenail
Most cases of ingrown toenails require intervention. Doctors Brandon Nelson DPM and Timothy Young DPM have treated ingrown toenails successfully for many years in Issaquah and have developed this resource for those suffering from ingrown toenails. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail request an appointment today and end your pain and prevent infection.
Below is a picture of a post surgery ingrown toenail patient. The area to the left of the nail is a section of nail that has been removed. The area of skin below the portion of nail removed will change to more closely resemble “normal” skin and pain relief begins quickly.
Does this look painful?
Read about our virtually pain-free procedure for removing ingrown toenails.
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