Foot Facts: Ingrown Toenails

 

An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the edge of a toenail grows into the soft flesh of that toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. An ingrown toenail usually affects your big toe.

 

Symptoms:

  • Extreme pain in the edges of the nail bed

  • Redness and swelling at the edges of toes

  • Acute burning sensation in toes

 

Caused By:

  • Pressure on tops or sides of toes

  • Wearing shoes that crowd your toenails

  • Cutting your toenails too short or not straight across

  • Injury to your toenail

  • Unusually curved toenails

  • Squeezing and limiting mobility of the big toe

 

Recommendations:

  • Seek medical help to cut back toe nails

  • Proper nonbinding footwear

  • Warm foot soaks

  • Do not attempt to do bathroom surgery on your own! You can further damage the nail bed and risk infection!

 

Complications:

  • Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.

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