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An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that occurs when the corner of a toenail, usually the big toe, grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can cause pain and swelling in the affected area. If you are a healthy individual you can often treat the ingrown toenail with simple at-home care; however, patients with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or signs of a foot infection should always see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
There are several factors that could increase your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. These include:
- Heredity: if your family has a history of ingrown toenails you may be more likely to develop them, too.
- Poorly fitted shoes: shoes that are too tight and cramp up the toes can also cause painful ingrown toenails, particularly in teens whose feet are still growing rapidly
- Improper nail trimming: if you cut your nails too short or if you cut them at an angle rather than cutting them straight across you could be leaving yourself prone to an ingrown toenail
- Injury to the toe: jamming or stubbing the toe can also increase the risk of an ingrown toenail (this is most common in athletes)
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
If there are no signs of an infection (e.g. foul odor; skin that’s hot to the touch) and you are otherwise healthy then you can probably treat the ingrown toenail all by yourself from the comfort of your home. Take frequent Epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic cream to the area to prevent infection. Again, if there is no infection you can soak nails for several minutes so that they soften, and then gently clip away the affected area of the nail.
If you are experiencing signs of an infected ingrown toenail or if you have diabetes and develop an ingrown toenail it’s important that you seek a podiatrist’s care right away. A podiatrist can treat the infection while also removing part of or the entire nail so that it grows in properly.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
While there are certain factors such as heredity that cannot be helped, there are certainly measures you can take to reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. For one, always make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes that do not put pressure on the toes.
Secondly and most importantly, you need to know how to properly trim your toenails. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. If nails are cut too short or if you trim your nails so they are curved at the edges rather than straight then an ingrown toenail is more likely to develop as the nail grows out.
Athletes should also make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear for their chosen sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally so if you have any questions about the footwear that you should wear, don’t hesitate to speak with your foot doctor.
Find out whether your ingrown toenail requires care from one of our podiatric offices in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL.
Ingrown toenails will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime. From trimming your toenails too close to the skin to direct trauma to the nail, there are many reasons why someone might suffer from this condition. Luckily, if your feet are at a healthy level, you can often ease symptoms with simple at-home care until the issue resolves itself. However, it is also important to know when you should visit our podiatrists in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL, for treatment—read on to learn more!
What are the signs of an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of your toenail grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can lead to redness, swelling, and discomfort around the affected nail. While ingrown toenails can occur anywhere, they most often affect the big toe.
How can I care for an ingrown toenail?
There are simple measures you can take to ease your symptoms until the nail grows out and the problem goes away. One prominent at-home remedy involves soaking the affected toe several times a day for up to 20 minutes in warm water, which can reduce pain and swelling. After soaking the nail in warm water, you can apply a small piece of cotton under the corner of the nail to help the nail grow away from the skin.
Also, make sure to wear appropriate footwear. Shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the toenails are a no-go. The same rules apply to socks.
When should I see a doctor?
While it is common for an ingrown toenail to cause some discomfort when walking or standing, if the pain is severe, spreads, or if there is pus present, then it’s time to see your foot doctor. Additionally, if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or nerve damage in your feet, you may also be at an increased risk for developing ingrown toenails. In these cases, it is especially important that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent the problem from causing more serious complications.
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- Achilles tendinitis
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- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
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- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
You may be able to ignore a headache or an aching back for a little while, but it's often impossible to forget about foot pain. Luckily, your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center and Apollo Beach/Riverview, FL, podiatrists at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay offer effective treatments for the conditions that affect your feet.
What causes foot pain?
Pain in your foot may occur due to:
- An Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your nail grows into the surrounding skin. You may be able to loosen the trapped nail by soaking your toe in warm water for 15 minutes, then placing dental floss or cotton under the nail. If you can't free the trapped nail or you have diabetes, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview podiatrist. They'll perform a minor procedure to remove the edge of the nail.
- Plantar Fasciitis: A tough band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your toes to your heels on the underside of your foot. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you'll notice pain in your heel. Rest, and over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful if you have plantar fascia. If your heel still hurts after a few weeks of home care, your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics or heel cups, physical therapy, night splints or extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
- Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. The bumps are particularly common in women who wear high heels or tight shoes regularly. Rest can ease bunion pain, but the bumps won't go away on their own. Your foot doctor may recommend that your tape your foot to improve the position of your joint or wear orthotics. Surgery offers the only way to reverse bunions.
- Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although you may associate arthritis with painful hands or knees, the condition can also affect your feet. Treatment options for arthritis include orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, physical therapy, orthopedic shoes and surgery, in some cases.
Are you ready to find a solution for your foot pain? Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay by calling (813) 788-3600 for the Wesley Chapel, FL, office, (813) 788-3600 for the Zephyrhills office, (813) 633-5900 for the Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview offices.
Like adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems, such as flat foot, are congenital, while problems like heel pain are usually the result of an injury.
Due to your child’s rapidly growing bones and tendons, many symptoms associated with foot and ankle problems can go unnoticed. For this reason, it is important parents pay attention to even subtle symptoms. Thorough, regular exams of your child's feet by a podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition and help minimize problems later in life.
Common Foot Problems
Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed. This includes pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees. In most cases, these congenital foot and leg problems do not require any medical intervention.
Plantar warts are common in children, especially during warm months when kids are more likely to walk barefoot. Forming on the bottom of the feet, these warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin, most often in public areas such as pools or locker rooms. The condition can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small pebble or stone — but is also highly preventable and treatable.
Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. Mild ankle sprains heal with treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care, including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.
Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of the nail begin to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. This can lead to painful irritation and infection. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poorly fitting footwear, toe injuries or poor nail trimming. Caught early, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated at home, but if the pain persists or the condition worsens, treatment by a podiatrist is necessary to eliminate the infection.
Choose Proper Footwear
Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support over time. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear and tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.
If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently or consistently complaining of foot pain, then have them examined by your podiatrist or physician. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key.