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Has walking or wearing shoes become painful due to an ingrown toenail? Your McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center offer treatments that end the pain of ingrown toenails.
What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails can be caused by:
- The way you cut your nails: Do you round the edges of your toenails? Rounding makes it much easier for the nails to grow into your skin. Cutting toenails straight across reduces your risk of ingrown nails.
- Curved nails: You're much more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if your nails curve downward.
- Nail trauma: Even if you cut your toenails straight across, you can still develop an ingrown nail if you stub your toe or something heavy falls on it.
- The shoes and socks you wear: Tight shoes and socks press against your skin, forcing the edges of the nails into the skin.
- Excessive sweating: Sweat moistens and softens the skin, making it much easier for your toenail to grow into the skin at the sides of your nails.
- Fungal infections: Toenail fungus thickens your nail, increasing your ingrown toenail risk.
When should you visit your podiatrist?
If your ingrown toenail has just begun to grow into the skin, you may be able to free it by inserting a piece of dental floss or cotton under the nail after soaking your foot in warm water. (Don't try to free your nail at home if you have diabetes, as you have a much higher risk for infection due to the disease.)
It's time to call your McKinney and Prosper foot doctor if your nail can't be gently freed at home. You'll also want to schedule an appointment if the pain is severe or interferes with your life, you have ingrown toenails often, or you think you might have an infection. Signs and symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail include redness, pus on your toe, red streaks on your skin, pain, tenderness, or a throbbing sensation.
Your podiatrist can perform a minor, in-office surgical procedure to remove the trapped part of the nail. You may also need to take antibiotics to prevent or treat an infection. If you have frequent ingrown toenails, removing the nail may be the best solution.
Do you struggle with ingrown toenails? Call your podiatrists in McKinney and Prosper, TX, at (972) 542-2155 to schedule an appointment.
While ingrown toenails are relatively common, particularly in the big toe, some cases produce excruciating pain and prove to be incredibly difficult to manage. An ingrown toenail develops when one side or corner of your toenail grows into the skin adjacent to it. This can result in swelling, pain, redness, tenderness, and even an infection. Fortunately, if you are feeling severe and/or radiating pain, you can turn to the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in both Mckinney and Prosper, TX. In these locations, one of our podiatrists can take care of your ingrown toenail and help you avoid further complications.
Can You Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
You can take the following steps to prevent the development of ingrown nails:
- Always check your feet. This is especially vital if you’re a diabetic because the simplest foot issue could lead to extremely severe complications.
- Always trim your toenails at a length that’s level with your toe tips. Trimming them too short could lead to pressure on your toes or shoes to cause the nail to grow into your skin.
- Make sure that your footwear fits properly. Any footwear that pinches your toes or puts too much pressure on them could make your toenail grow into the surrounding skin tissue. In addition, if your feet suffer from nerve damage, you might not be able to feel if your footwear is too tight.
Should You See a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail?
Visit either our McKinney or Prosper, TX, office if you:
- Have redness or pus that’s spreading or are feeling extreme discomfort in your affected toe.
- Have diabetes or some other medical disorder that causes improper blood flow, and you suspect you have an infection or a sore.
It’s also very crucial to note that if left undetected and untreated, a seemingly harmless ingrown toenail could harbor an infection that could spread to the underlying bone and develop into a more severe infection right in your bone. If you are diabetic, complications could be especially serious. For instance, a tiny foot injury like a scrape, cut, ingrown toenail, corn, or callus, might not heal properly and turn into a severe infection such as a foot ulcer, which may require surgery to prevent gangrene or tissue death and decay.
Want to Learn How to Properly Manage Your Ingrown Toenail?
Call (972) 542-2155 to book a visit with one of the podiatrists here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Both our McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, locations can be reached through this number.
An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that occurs when the corner of a toenail, usually the big toe, grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can cause pain and swelling in the affected area. If you are a healthy individual you can often treat the ingrown toenail with simple at-home care; however, patients with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or signs of a foot infection should always see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
There are several factors that could increase your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. These include:
- Heredity: if your family has a history of ingrown toenails you may be more likely to develop them, too.
- Poorly fitted shoes: shoes that are too tight and cramp up the toes can also cause painful ingrown toenails, particularly in teens whose feet are still growing rapidly
- Improper nail trimming: if you cut your nails too short or if you cut them at an angle rather than cutting them straight across you could be leaving yourself prone to an ingrown toenail
- Injury to the toe: jamming or stubbing the toe can also increase the risk of an ingrown toenail (this is most common in athletes)
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
If there are no signs of an infection (e.g. foul odor; skin that’s hot to the touch) and you are otherwise healthy then you can probably treat the ingrown toenail all by yourself from the comfort of your home. Take frequent Epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic cream to the area to prevent infection. Again, if there is no infection you can soak nails for several minutes so that they soften, and then gently clip away the affected area of the nail.
If you are experiencing signs of an infected ingrown toenail or if you have diabetes and develop an ingrown toenail it’s important that you seek a podiatrist’s care right away. A podiatrist can treat the infection while also removing part of or the entire nail so that it grows in properly.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
While there are certain factors such as heredity that cannot be helped, there are certainly measures you can take to reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. For one, always make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes that do not put pressure on the toes.
Secondly and most importantly, you need to know how to properly trim your toenails. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. If nails are cut too short or if you trim your nails so they are curved at the edges rather than straight then an ingrown toenail is more likely to develop as the nail grows out.
Athletes should also make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear for their chosen sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally so if you have any questions about the footwear that you should wear, don’t hesitate to speak with your foot doctor.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
Your big toe has become so sore that you can hardly walk on it. It's red and puffy, and the nail appears to be digging into the skin. These common podiatric symptoms likely stem from an ingrown toenail. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd and Dr. Christopher Witt have seen and treated many ingrown toenails and offer medical solutions for this condition and ways to avoid future problems.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail
Besides the pain, swelling, and redness, patients with ingrown toenails may have an infection with pus and a strong odor. The nail itself can discolor and separate from the nail bed.
Many times, symptoms of athlete's foot accompany an ingrown toenail. There's a generalized itchiness, blistering and flaking of the skin.
Medically-termed onychocryptosis, ingrown toenails plague people of all ages but more so occur with individuals who:
- Are obese
- Have diabetes
- Are prone to abnormalities in gait and toe and foot structure
- Experience pedal edema, or foot swelling, due to compromised circulation
- Engage in athletic activities which involve repeated pressure on the foot and toes (such as running)
- Wear shoes with improper fit (both too large or too small)
What your foot doctor in McKinney and Prosper can do
Our podiatrists advise patients to seek professional care for ingrown toenails to prevent further damage and infection. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, your foot doctor will visually inspect and palpate (feel) your feet, including your painful toe. Depending on his findings, he may:
- Trim the intruding nail away from the skin
- Apply a chemical called phenol to the nail to aid in its partial or total removal (matrixectomy)
- Prescribe an oral antibiotic and applying antibiotic ointment
After trimming or nail removal, our podiatrists recommend rest and elevation of the foot. Feet treated for ingrown toenails recover quickly, and people generally resume normal activities within the next day.
Preventing ingrown toenails
Here are some common sense strategies to prevent ingrown toenails:
- Using a clean clippers, trim all toenails straight across. Do not trim the corners at an angle.
- Wash your feet daily, and change your socks.
- Wear properly fitting shoes with adequate room in the toe box.
Do you need treatment?
Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX if you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail. Phone (972) 542-2155 for either the McKinney or the Prosper office.