What Are Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are a common condition experienced by most people at some stage in life. Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail’s edge curves into the skin and continues to grow inward. The big toe is the usual culprit, and it usually causes redness, swelling, and pain.
This can easily happen when people cut the corner of their toenails at an angle or round the edges of the nail. When the toenail curves toward the skin, it’s only natural that it will continue to grow in that direction.
This foot condition can occur in anyone, although there are a few people at higher risk. Young people, athletes, and people with diabetes have a greater chance of developing an ingrown toenail.
An inherited irregular toenail shape is the most common cause of ingrown toenails, but there are a few other common causes. Improperly cutting the toenail at an angle or tearing the nails can also lead to this condition. Tight-fitting shoes put excessive pressure on the big toe, forcing the toenail into the skin. Traumatic injuries like stubbing, dropping an object on a toe, or someone stepping on the toes during an athletic competition can also result in an ingrown toenail.
When to See Us for Ingrown Toenails
Although ingrown toenails are not innately serious, they can lead to a more serious limb-threatening infection especially if you are a diabetic and/or suffer from peripheral vascular disease. If you have either of these conditions, you should schedule an appointment as soon as symptoms first occur.
If you’ve tried these home remedies and nothing is working, then it’s time to visit our office. If you notice that the area is becoming infected, then definitely contact us before the problem becomes more severe. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the bone.