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Don’t let ingrown toenails cause you pain. Find out what you can do to stop them.
Ingrown toenails are a painful problem that results when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin. People with diabetes or circulation disorders must pay particular attention to changes in their feet such as ingrown toenails, as untreated problems can lead to more serious complications. Our Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, podiatrist Dr. William Sachs wants to make sure that you get the care you need when an ingrown toenail occurs.
How is an ingrown toenail treated?
If your ingrown toenail is mild then at-home care may be all you need to manage your symptoms until the problem resolves itself. These treatment options include:
- Wearing roomy, properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toenail
- Soaking your feet in warm water to ease swelling and discomfort
- Placing a piece of cotton under the nail to lift it away from the skin
If an infection occurs then a foot doctor will need to examine your feet and may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If an ingrown toenail doesn’t respond to at-home care or returns then minor in-office surgery may be recommended to remove part of or the entire nail.
Is there a way to prevent an ingrown toenail?
There are several things you can do to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. Making sure you trim your nails properly will go a long way to reducing your risk. Nails that are curved at the edges or are too short are prone to ingrown toenails. Trim nails to align with the tips of the toes (no shorter) and make sure to trim the nails straight across. If you have trouble trimming your own nails your foot doctor can easily do it for you.
Other ways to protect your feet from ingrown toenails is to:
- Wear shoes that allow your feet room to wiggle and move around
- Wear protective footwear when running and playing sports to reduce your risk for traumatic injuries to the toes and feet that can lead to an ingrown toenail
When should I see a podiatrist about my ingrown toenail?
As we mentioned earlier, anyone dealing with diabetes or a weakened immune system should visit a foot doctor in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, right away to treat their ingrown toenail. If an ingrown toenail is left untreated it could lead to a serious infection that could cause further complications. If you experience signs of infection (e.g. swelling; throbbing; redness; discharge) it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
If you are dealing with a serious ingrown toenail or recurring infection it’s important to find out what’s going on. Our office in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, will be able to provide you with the care you need. Call Adult & Child Footcare today. Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury.
Do you never want to hear the words "ingrown toenail" again? Dr. William Sachs, our Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, foot doctor at Adult & Child Footcare, explains what causes ingrown toenails and explains what you can do to prevent and treat them.
Why ingrown toenails occur
Ingrown toenails happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Tight Shoes: Any type of shoes that are very narrow or tight, including high heels, ballet
slippersand soccer shoes, can increase pressure on your toenails and drive them into the skin.
- Restrictive Socks: Tight shoes aren't the only cause of ingrown toenails. Socks that don't allow enough room for your toes to move freely can also cause the condition.
- Toe Injuries: Any toe injury, including stubbing your toe, may increase your ingrown toenail risk.
- Improper Nail Cutting: Do you cut your toenails in a straight line or round them? Rounding the nails make it easier for the nails to grow into the skin.
- Curved Nails: If your nails are naturally very curvy, it may be difficult avoid ingrown toenails.
- Toenail Fungus: Fungus doesn't just turn your toenails yellow, but may also cause them to thicken and become ingrown.
Treating ingrown toenails
In some cases, it may be possible to free an ingrown toenail at home. If the nail has only just begun to grow into the skin, try these steps:
- Soak your foot in warm water for 15 or 20 minutes.
- Slide dental floss or a thin piece of cotton under the nail to lift it from the skin.
If the nail doesn't move, leave it alone and make an appointment with our Toms River or Shrewsbury offices. Don't attempt to free a trapped nail yourself if you have diabetes or notice any signs of infection, such as swelling, redness or red streaks, or pus around the nail. Prompt medical treatment is needed to prevent infected toenails from worsening.
During your office visit, we will painlessly remove your ingrown nail and apply a topical antibiotic.
Concerned about an ingrown toenail? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sachs, foot doctor at Adult & Child Footcare by calling (732) 255-7070 for the Toms River, NJ, office and (732) 389-2555 for the Shrewsbury, NJ, office.