Many people know that it is important to properly care for your feet. This care also includes your toenails. Toenails that are left to their own devices can cause problems for the overall health of the foot. Not only can they grow fungus but they can also grow too long and embed themselves into the foot itself. This problem, which is commonly treated by a podiatrist, is called ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are the most common nail problem. This condition causes the nail to overflow, curve, and dig itself into the skin around the toe. It can cause irritation, redness, swelling, and pain. Normally, toenails grow straight outward. Sometimes the corners begin to curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the most commonly affected toe to suffer due to this phenomenon.
Causes of ingrown toenails vary. Some of the most common causes are:
- improperly trimmed Nails should be trimmed straight across and should not hang over the top of the toe. Corners shouldn’t be rounded off and toenail clippers should be used.
- If your parents and forefathers had a tendency to have ingrown toes than it is likely that you will also suffer from the condition due to genetics.
- improperly fitting footwear can also cause toenails to become ingrown. This can be due to overcrowding of the toes of pressure that builds up within the shoe.
- trauma from regular activities, like sports, can cause toenails to become ingrown and painful.
If an ingrown toenail is left alone and not treated quickly it can easily lead to an infection. The best way to treat an ingrown toenail is to make an appointment to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can remove the ingrown toenail using sterile medical tools that are more likely to be effective and efficient. Ingrown toenails should never be fixed at home. Instead call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh, and their staff will help you take control of your painful ingrown toenail. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today. Our office is here to help you get the best quality foot care.