Everyone is at risk of developing an ingrown toenail. For children, if siblings or mom or dad have suffered from ingrowns they are more likely to develop one. As children grow shoes can become tight and cause an ingrown. Hand me down shoes that are worn out or too big- causing the foot to piston forward in the shoe can cause an ingrown. pointy shoes, narrow shoes and tight cleats are often the culpret. And as anyone who has ever suffered from one can attest, the pain and discomfort can be excruciating, making it difficult to walk properly and even wear certain types of shoes. In addition to the physical pain, ingrown toenails are also susceptible to infection, especially for patients suffering from diabetes.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment in McKinney and Prosper, TX
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common podiatry problems, and can sometimes be treated at home with over the counter treatments like pain relievers, antiseptic and warm foot baths. But in some cases, they can become infected and require treatment by a podiatrist. People with diabetes are more susceptible to a complication known as diabetic neuropathy, which causes circulatory problems and can lead to tingling, weakness and loss of feeling in the feet, which increases the risk of potentially serious complications from common foot problems like cuts, blisters and ingrown toenails.
The podiatrists at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX advise all diabetic patients to schedule regular podiatry appointments for basic foot care and prevention. Non-diabetic patients exhibiting signs of infection or pain in their toes should schedule an appointment for treatment.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:
- Pain or "digging" into the skin on the border of the toenail
- Swelling and inflammation
- Seeing puss is a sign of infections.
Find a Podiatrist in McKinney or Prosper, TX
In addition to being painful and uncomfortable, ingrown toenails can pose a risk for infection and health complications for some people. If you are showing signs of an ingrown toe nail contact the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center by calling (972) 542-2155 to schedule an appointment.
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