Millions of Americans are affected by Ingrown Toenails every year. Although the big toe is the typical culprit, every toenail can grow into the surrounding skin and cause pain, swelling, and redness.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by:
- Incorrectly cutting toenails
- Wearing inappropriate shoes
- Injuries to the toe
- Having naturally curved toenails
If home remedies such as soaking your toes in warm soapy water or applying antibiotic ointments won’t help and redness and pain are spreading, please contact your local podiatrist. Although most cases can be treated easily, severe cases of ingrown toenails might lead to infections, poor blood circulation, and tissues damage. This especially applies to diabetics.
A Podiatrist might consider placing cotton under the edge of the nail to lift it above the surrounding skin in certain cases or (partially) removing the nail and affected tissue in more advanced stages. Removal of parts of the nail may also be a preventative measure for individuals suffering under this condition on a regular basis.
Please have a look at the following sources if you have further questions and don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrist:
- “Ingrown toenails”, Mayo Clinic
- “Ingrown Toenail: Remedies, When to See Your Doctor, and More”, Healthline