Suffering from an ingrown toenail? They are a common foot condition that results when the the nails grow into the flesh. Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney in Abington, MD offers treatments for many foot issues. Keep reading to find out how you can prevent ingrown toenails and when to seek help.
Ingrown Toenails Overview
An ingrown nail is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the toenail edge into the skin of the toe. The result is swelling, pain, and redness. The condition usually affects the big toes. Initially presenting as a minor discomfort, it may lead to an infection in the skin. Anyone can suffer from ingrown toenails as a result of a toe injury, ill-fitting footwear, or improper grooming of the feet.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
Poorly fitting shoes can cause an ingrown toenail. Wear comfortable shoes that fit properly. If you cut your toenail into a curved shape, you could be putting yourself at risk for an ingrown nail, since the edge of the nail may grow into the flesh. Try trimming your toenails straight across and then using a nail file to give your nails a slight curve. Keep your nails at a moderate length. Short nails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails.
When to See a Podiatrist
Make an appointment with a podiatrist if your ingrown toenail is causing you pain or you think you may have an infection. When an infection is involved, there may be severe redness and swelling, malodor, pus, and drainage. Your Abingdon podiatrist can diagnose an ingrown nail based an examination of your nail and the surrounding skin.
Don't wait another minute - call our podiatry office at 410-569-0445 today to schedule an appointment in Abingdon, MD. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for foot conditions, and your feet will be in expert hands with our podiatrists Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney!