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What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
- Increased pain, swelling, or redness
- Skin that’s hard to the touch
- Pus or drainage coming from the nail
Can you prevent ingrown toenails?
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
- Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
- Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
- Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
- Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
Know when it’s time to get professional medical care for an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail is most likely to affect the big toe, leading to redness and pain around the nail. The problem occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin of the toe. While ingrown toenails will often go away on their own, there are times when they may require professional treatment. Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, your podiatrists recommend looking out for these warning signs of an infected toenail:
- Redness and swelling of the toe
- Tender and/or warm to the touch
- Pus under or around the nail
- Oozing or bleeding
- Throbbing pain
- Intense pressure under and around the affected toenail
Dealing with any of these symptoms? If so, it’s time to call one of our offices in either McKinney or Prosper, TX, right away to let us know that you’re dealing with an ingrown toenail infection. It’s particularly important that patients with diabetes, nerve damage in their feet, and peripheral artery disease seek immediate treatment if they suspect that they may have an infected toenail.
Think you have an ingrown toenail infection? You may be dealing with one if:
- You cut your toenails too short
- You round the edges of your nails when trimming them
- You cut the cuticles
- You soak your feet often
- You wear shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the toes
- You also have a fungal infection
It’s important that you know how to properly trim your toenails. If you get your toes professional trimmed and manicured by a local spa or nail salon, make sure that they are sterilizing all of their tools and equipment and practicing proper trimming technique. If you have diabetes, you should turn to a qualified medical professional for regular toenail trimming and foot care.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection, it’s important that you call us for an appointment. Advanced Foot and Ankle Center has two convenient locations in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Call us at (972) 542-2155.
We get a lot of patients that come in for a variety of foot/ankle conditions that are due to increased inflammation. This inflammation might be occurring in a joint, along a tendon, a ligament, a bursa, a nerve or other anatomical structures. Many of our patients have had steroid shots in the past, most commonly the knees. Some people are very familiar with steroid shots and others have no idea, so the purpose of this blog is to give everyone a little background.
A steroid (also known as cortisone) injection is a synthetic medication that closely relates to our bodies production of cortisol which is secreted during stress. Cortisol has a very short duration while cortisone lasts longer. Cortisone is not the same type of steroid used for performance enhancement in athletes. There are also multiple types of cortisone used for different areas of the body.
Cortisone is a strong anti-inflammatory and instead of taking large doses by mouth and a small amount reaches your foot, we put a small amount of medication right at the site of concern. There are also fewer side effects with a local injection vs oral medication.
Although cortisone injections are very safe, anytime something enters your body there is a chance of a side effect or complication. The most common side effect we see is a steroid flare. This is your body’s response to the steroid that can cause an increase in pain at the injection site for hours or several days. There is really no way to predict if this will happen to you. Less common side effects include skin thinning or discoloration. It is also important to know that cortisone can increase your blood glucose so diabetics must understand to keep a close eye on their sugars. Another side effect with the injection is that it can weaken nearby structures, because of this, we cannot put cortisone injections at certain areas of the body. There is also is a certain number of injections you can receive in a set time.
As you can see, the answer is not a clear yes or no. There are multiple factors that go into a steroid shot including what is the reason for your pain, where is the pain located, what medical problems you have, etc.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle, our provides have experience with this and make this decision many times each day. If you have a question about this or any other foot/ankle condition. Please call us at 972-542-2155.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.
Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, can help you!
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforates skin in the corners, or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.
Your toes may also become:
- Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail
There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes, wearing shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded toes, repeated trauma or injury to your feet, or fungus infections. Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue. If your ingrown toenail is causing an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown section.
If you are dealing with an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX for help.