Ingrown toenails tend to occur as your toenail, believe it or not, starts to tunnel into the skin of your toes! That does not sound minor and, when it’s left untreated, it can be quite severe. Toenails usually develop along the top of the skin. When you have ingrown toenails, they may become infected as the nail slashes the skin of the toe. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated appropriately, a minor inflammation can grow into an infection.
Causes leading to ingrown toenails include cutting nails incorrectly which produces a nail that’s too short, inherited disorders, dropping heavy items on the toes or wearing badly fitting shoes. It’s the unsuitable footwear that really adds to the pressures being placed on your toes and this accelerates the formation of ingrown toenails. They may appear like something you can just cut and forget; however, if the underlying cause is not remedied, they can keep happening and eventually you will need medical attention to deal with the resulting infection.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Get special assistance with trimming your toenails so that they are done so in the correct way.
- Try wearing shoes that have wide toe boxes and which also have open toe areas to ease the amount of pressure placed on your toes.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to remove the toenail. This will allow for the toenail to grow correctly and treat it as it grows to prevent it from digging into the skin again.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to stop the pain emanating from your ingrown toenails by treating the problem at its source. If you’re ready to give your toenails a break from the pain of ingrown toenails, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to serving all your foot and ankle needs!