Are you suffering from an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails can cause irritation, severe pain, swelling and infection. The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN, can help you!
More on Ingrown Toenails in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate the skin corners, or sides, of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection, if not taken care of immediately. If you do have an ingrown nail, your toe may become sore. You'll notice your toe turning red, which means an infection is underway.
There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:
- Improper toenail trimming
- Heredity, poor foot structure
- Repeated trauma and/or injury to your feet when you play sports
- Foot issues, like fungal infections
- Wearing inappropriate shoes, too tight, or too much pressure on feet
Treating with Ingrown Nails
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.
If your podiatrist prescribes medication, follow their instructions orders for optimal results.
Surgery may be necessary if you are suffering from an acute infection.
You should maintain a basic foot care regimen. Don't ignore foot pain. It's how your body indicates something is wrong. Trim toenails straight across, wear properly fitted shoes and avoid walking barefoot.
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bradstown and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN.