Ingrown Nail Causes & Symptoms

Ingrown toenails are a common and bothersome condition that can be quite irritating and inconvenient. They occur when the edge of the nail grows into the skin of the toe, resulting in pressure. This can cause discomfort, inflammation, and pain as the nail breaks through the skin. While the symptoms may initially be minor, if left untreated, they can worsen and lead to an infection in the surrounding skin. Ingrown nails are commonly found in the larger toenail of the big toe, but any toenail can be affected on the border or side. Several factors contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, including wearing improper shoes, cutting the nails too short, or having an abnormal gait. Engaging in sports activities that exert repetitive pressure or trauma on the feet can also increase the risk.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail can be excruciating and may include swelling or redness. Initially, conservative treatment is recommended, as long as it is administered before an infection develops. This type of treatment typically involves soaking the foot, using a splint, and potentially taking oral antibiotics if an infection is present. However, if the infection has progressed significantly, minor surgery may be necessary.


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.

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