Ingrown toenails, which happen when part of your nail embeds in the surrounding skin, are a very common problem — and they might be more serious than you realize. An ingrown toenail can lead to infection and major pain if untreated. The foot care professionals at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, have ingrown toenail solutions to eliminate your symptoms fast. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
Ingrown toenails are nails that grow at a curved angle until they become embedded in the skin on the side of your toe. An ingrown toenail aggravates your skin and often causes inflammation, swelling, and pain. Ingrown toenails often feel warm to the touch, especially if they grow infected.
If your ingrown toenail causes a split in your skin, you're vulnerable to bacteria and thus infection. Infected ingrown toenails often seep fluid and smell bad, in addition to the other symptoms.
There are several different possible causes of ingrown toenails, including:
Trimming your nails in a curved shape makes them more likely to embed in the skin, so it's best to trim your toenails straight across. Cutting your nails too short can also leave you vulnerable to ingrown toenails.
If you have immediate relatives who suffer from ingrown toenails, you're more likely to have them yourself.
Trauma to the nail can happen in a variety of ways, but the most common trauma-related cause of ingrown toenails is stubbing your toe.
Wearing too-tight socks and shoes can put constant pressure on your toenails, leaving you susceptible to ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are often preventable if you practice proper foot care tips, even if you have a genetic predisposition to them.
Your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist examines your ingrown toenail closely to determine the right course of treatment. If you have an infection, your podiatrist may prescribe an oral antibiotic.
If your nail is embedded deeply under the skin and is causing you pain, your podiatrist might administer a local anesthetic and remove part of the nail. If your nail is chronically ingrown, your podiatrist may recommend removal of the nail root under local anesthesia.
Following any nail procedure, your podiatrist typically applies a light bandage. You may need to apply antibiotic ointment daily at home as well.
Your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist can relieve the pain of your ingrown toenail fast, so book your appointment online or by phone today.