Dr. Stuart M. Feldman’s practice provides treatment for ingrown toenails to help you get rid of pain, redness, and swelling.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the nail grows down and into the skin of the toe. The nail usually digs into the skin and irritates it, creating pain, warmth, and swelling around the toe. If the toenails cause a break in the skin, it could allow bacteria to enter and cause infection. When it is infected, it will have constant drainage and also have a foul odor. Even if the toe is not painful, red, or swollen, it can still become infected, and that is something to always watch out for.
There are many reasons why you might have an ingrown toenail. Some of those reasons include:
- Heredity: If your family has a history of having ingrown toenails, you are more susceptible to having them yourself.
- Trauma: If you stub your toe, drop something heavy on your toe, or participate in activities that apply constant pressure on your toe, you could possibly get an ingrown toenail.
- Improper Trimming: Cutting your nails too short is the most common reason of having ingrown toenails. If you cut your nails too short, your skin will tend to fold over your nail.
- Nail Conditions: If you have fungal infections or you have lost a nail due to trauma, it can cause ingrown toenails.
- Improperly-Sized Footwear: If you constantly wear tight or small shoes or socks, it can cause an ingrown toenail to form.
Depending on the severity of the problem, there are three treatment options, including permanent correction of the ingrown toenail.