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Toenail Growing Into The Skin

Ingrown Toenail Symptoms

  • Pain at the border of the nail
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth in the toe
  • Foul odor
  • Pus from the nail

However, even if your toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

  • The most common cause of ingrown toenails is improper cutting of your toe nails
  • Inherited nail shape
  • Trauma to the nail
  • Certain nail conditions are often increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Such as toenail fungal infection or if you have lost a nail through trauma

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

Home treatment is strongly discouraged if you suspect you have an infection, or if you have a medical condition that puts your feet at high risk—for example, diabetes, nerve damage in the foot, or poor circulation.

Treating Your Toenail At Home

If you don’t have an infection or any of the above conditions, you can soak your foot in room-temperature water (add Epsom’s salt if you wish), and gently massage the side of the nail fold to help reduce the inflammation.

Avoid attempting “bathroom surgery.” If your symptoms fail to improve, it’s time to see Premier Podiatry Group.

Ingrown Toenail Medical Care

A Premier Podiatry Group physician will examine your toenail and select the treatment best suited for you.

  • Oral Antibiotics
  • Surgery – A simple procedure, often performed in the office, Surgery involves numbing the toe and removing a corner of the nail, a larger portion of the nail, or the entire nail
  • Permanent removal – Various techniques may be used to destroy or remove the nail root. Most people experience very little pain after surgery and may resume normal activity the next day.
  • Preventing Ingrown Toenails
    Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by following these two important tips:
    Trim your nails properly & Avoid poorly-fitting shoes

The Truths & Myths About Home Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

The Myths
  • Cutting a notch (a “V”) in the nail will reduce the tendency for the nail to curve downward
  • Repeated trimming of the nail borders is a good way to treat ingrown toenails
  • Cotton placed under the nail will relieve the pain
  • You can buy effective ingrown toenail treatments at the drug store
The Truths
  • Cutting a “V” does not affect the growth of the toenail. New nail growth will continue to
    curve downward
  • Repeated nail trimming fails to correct future nail growth and can make the condition worse
  • Cotton placed under the nail can be harmful. It can easily harbor bacteria and encourage infection
  • Over-the-counter topical medications may mask the pain, but they fail to address the underlying problem

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