Do you really have an ingrowing toenail?
Ingrowing Toe Nails
An ingrowing toenail is a painful condition wherein the nail grows into the toe. This usually occurs on the big toe but it can happen to any toe.
How do you spot one?
The main symptom is pain in one area, caused by a rough spike of nail that is piercing into the skin.
If this condition is left untreated, the nail may slice into the skin of the toe. When the skin barrier is broken, it can allow bacteria to enter the body and cause an infection.
If your toe is leaking pus and/or you feel hot and shivery, your nail may be infected. You should seek the help of a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist.
You can help prevent an ingrowing toenail by following these easy steps:
- Avoid wearing tight fitting shoes on your toes, such as pointy heels. This is because tight fitting shoes apply pressure to the nail causing it to further grow down into your toe.
- When cutting your nail, follow the shape of the end of your nail.
While you can follow these tips to aid in preventing worsening an ingrowing nail, the best way cure is to seek help from an expert podiatrist.
A podiatrist may remove an ingrowing toenail through surgery. This can usually be done within one session at our clinic.
Some people may think that they have an ingrowing toenail, when it is actually a condition called involuted nails.
Involuted Toe Nails
An involuted nail bed is where the nail grows curved, so the edge digs down into the toe as it grows.
How do you spot one?
The pronounced curve with a smooth edge, unlike an ingrowing toenail.
If this condition is left untreated, the pressure on the nail bed may lead to corns and calluses around the nail.
This condition is thought to be hereditary.
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