Before discussing its causes, let us delve into what it means to have an ingrown toenail. This condition occurs when part of the toenail begins to grow into the surrounding soft flesh. Typically this is seen on the Hallux or “Big Toe” as it’s known colloquially but is possible on the other toes of the foot. If you suffer from diabetes, your case can be even more complex due to poor blood flow to the feet. In some instances, you may be able to treat this problem yourself. If the pain increases however, it is recommended to see your local podiatrist right away, as this could be a sign of an infection.
There are several indicators of an ingrown toenail:
• Visibly the skin covers the actual toenail
• Area appears red and swollen
• When touching the area, it feels tight to the touch
• In more severe cases, there may be pus
When consulting with your podiatrist, he or she may ask you a variety of questions in order to discover the source of the problem. Common causes of ingrown toenails including:
• Cutting your nails too short
• Wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe region
• Sustaining an injury to the mentioned area
When you identify the event that has caused your ingrown toenail, one option is to consult with your doctor on the best course of treatment. Possible ways to solve this problem include lifting or removing part of the nail.
In addition to this form of treatment, prevention is also effective. From checking your feet to maintaining a consistent length when trimming your toenails, you can keep your feet healthy by doing these routine tasks. Another way to achieve this goal is by wearing shoes that fit you comfortably or if you sustained an injury, using steel-toed boots. By being your own initial caregiver, you can detect and injuries and if necessary, contact a Podiatrist.
If you live in Ronkonkoma or the surrounding towns such as Smithtown, Holbrook, and Bohemia, Muroff Podiatry can help. Muroff Podiatry will work with you to eliminate the pain which will reduce the time it takes to recover. Our ultimate goal is for you to resume your daily life pain free. From scheduling an appointment at our office to making a housecall, we will work with you to alleviate the pain and get you back on your feet.