Ingrown toenails can be a big problem. Wearing closed shoes is painful and wearing open sandals is embarrassing as the redness, swelling and in worse case scenarios inflammation and pus, not only draw people’s attention to one’s foot but the danger of someone stepping on the toe is always there.
What is an ingrown toenail?
A toenail is ingrown when the curved part of the nail grows into the skin at the border of the toe and nail, causing redness, swelling and warmth in the toe. At times, if attention is not paid to it, the skin can break and bacteria can enter, causing inflammation and pus.
- Ingrown toenails can be heredity, as some people have it time and again
- Badly cut toenails are a common cause
- Stubbing the toe or repeated kicking can also be responsible
- Very tight socks and shoes
Treatment for ingrown toenail:
Home remedies are definitely not recommended for ingrown toenails, especially if you have diabetes, circulation problems or nerve damage. Temporary measures can however, be taken.
- Massage the area gently
- Soak the foot in warm water 4 times a day and dry thoroughly
- Trim the nails straight across the nail
- If the problem persists or gets worse, see a podiatrist immediately
We at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists located in Montgomery, Alabama, are proud of our team comprising an experienced podiatrist Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg and a well-trained staff. Together, we educate the patient about the problem and plan the best treatment plan to ensure a happy healthy life. Do not take an ingrown toenail lightly; call our office at (334) 396-3668 to make an appointment.