What is Causing My Ingrown Toenails?
If a nail is trimmed too short or curved, it may grow into the skin and make it sore. Ingrown toenails can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow, which puts pressure on the toes and forces the nails to grow into the skin. Other causes include heredity or trauma to the toe.
The following factors can increase your risk of developing an infection with an ingrown toenail:
- Having diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation in your feet.
- Having a foot injury or deformity.
- Having sweaty feet.
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes.
If you have any risk factors, it’s important to take extra care of your feet to prevent an infection with an ingrown toenail.
What Can I Do to Help Fix My Ingrown Toenail?
There are some methods you can try if you have an ingrown toenail. First, try soaking your foot in warm water and Epsom salt for 20 minutes daily. This will help reduce swelling and pain.
Daily foot care can prevent ingrown toenails from occurring. Make sure you’re trimming your nails straight across and not too short. Wear shoes that fit well and are neither too loose nor too tight. And if you have diabetes or poor circulation, be sure to see a doctor regularly so they can check for any problems with your feet.
What Can the Podiatrist Do to Fix My Ingrown Toenail?
If the ingrown toenail is causing severe pain, you need to come and see our doctors. They can prescribe antibiotics to help clear up any infection. In some cases, our podiatrists may need to remove part of the nail that is growing into your toe.
Our podiatrists will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they will make a small cut in the skin to release the pressure from the nail. They may also need to remove part of the nail or the entire nail.
Afterward, your toenail will be bandaged, and you will receive tips on how to care for it. You will need to keep the area clean and dry. You may also need to soak your foot in warm water and Epsom salt for 20 minutes daily. You need to wear the bandage for at least 24 hours to prevent infection.
Most people who get ingrown toenails have to deal with one easy procedure. But an ingrown toenail could get complicated for people with diabetes or poor circulation. In these cases, it’s important to see our podiatrists regularly so that they can monitor your condition and provide proper treatment.