Ingrown Nail Causes & Symptoms
An ingrown toenail is a common condition that can be frustrating and inconvenient. They are caused by pressure from the growth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. When the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it will produce inflammation, pain, and discomfort. Initially, the symptoms may present as only minor but, if left untreated, it may progress into an infection in the adjacent skin. Ingrown nails are most often seen in the larger toenail of the big toe, but any of the toenails can be affected on either the border or the side. Ingrown nails develop for many reasons such as wearing improper shoes, cutting your nail too short, or having an abnormal gait. Participating in athletics where there is repetitive pressure or trauma on the feet can also be a contributing factor to developing ingrown toe nails.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail can be painful and include redness or swelling. Treatment for ingrown nails is conservative at first if it is treated before infection can set in. This type of treatment can involve soaking the foot, wearing a splint, and a possible prescription of oral antibiotics if infection is present. If the infection is too far along, you may need to have minor surgery.
Ingrown Nail Treatments & Red Mountain Footcare
Red Mountain Footcare provide gentle, pain relieving options for eliminating discomfort associated with ingrown nails. Non-invasive, minor surgery is effective in eliminating the infected nail. Depending on the extent of the infection the doctor might surgically remove a portion of the nail, a portion of the underlying nail bed, some of the adjacent soft tissues, or even a part of the growth center. Which is why the sooner you suspect an ingrown nail is becoming more than just a minor disruption, the better it is to schedule an appointment at Red Mountain Footcare to get treatment. People who have diabetes, or those with a compromised immune system or poor circulation, should seek treatment for ingrown nails immediately to discourage a potentially more advanced situation from developing.