Ingrown toenails are the result of nails cutting into the surrounding skin along the corner or edge of the toes. Pain caused by this condition can range from moderate to severe, and the toe may also become quite tender.
If left untreated, an infection can easily develop. Redness and drainage are signs that may indicate your ingrown toenail has become infected.
If this is the case, then don’t wait to get treatment! The infection can worsen, and potentially lead to loss of the toe.
The good news is that removing an ingrown toenail can be performed with minimal pain. Whether this is your first or hundredth, we can help take care of your problem. So, never attempt to cut out an ingrown toenail on your own— “bathroom surgery” is very painful and often leads to a serious infection.
Common Causes and How to Prevent Them
Some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails include:
- Cutting your nails too short or in a curved line. The skin can fold over the nail, or the nail may begin growing back into the skin. Try not to be overzealous with your trimming and always remember to cut them straight across rather than in a curved line.
- Injuring your toes or nails. Trauma in general can cause ingrown toenails, from stubbing or jamming to repeated pressure like running and playing soccer. During these instances, your toes are often warm, moist and encapsulated in a bacteria-rich environment, increasing your chances of infection.
- Wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, too small, or too short. This may force your toenails into one or both sides of the skin, increasing chances of infection. This is especially true when it comes to teenagers who constantly and quickly outgrow their footwear.
- For some people, ingrown toenails can be hereditary. If your toes are too small in comparison to your nails, or if your nails are naturally curved and/or thick, you may suffer from reoccurring ingrown toenails.
So, if you ever have any questions or need expert foot care from ingrown toenails to sports injuries, come visit our medical professionals here at our Waco Foot & Ankle office. All you have to do is call us at (254) 776-6995 and get the help you need today!
You can also fill out our request form online and one of our staff members will contact you as soon as possible.