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How To Fix An Ingrown Toenail

How To Fix An Ingrown Toenail

Most people have probably suffered from an ingrown toenail at least once in their lives.  It is a common condition that can occur on any toenail but is most likely to happen in the big toenail.  Ingrown toenails are a painful condition that can happen in all people.  The two most common culprits of causing ingrown toenails are improper trimming and poor choice in footwear.  Left untreated, ingrown toenails can grow into a large problem.  However, if treated promptly and properly, ingrown toenails rarely cause a problem.

Ingrown toenails are typically self-diagnosable.  They cause pain that is worse when pressure is applied and typically are unsightly.  In most cases, people can take care of ingrown toenails on their own.  However, if the pain and redness worsen, or pus is present, it is time to go see a physician.  Wearing shoes that are too tight or tight at the toes as in pumps, cutting your toenails curved, or injuring your toenails are all potential causes of the painful condition.  The first step of treatment is lifting the toenail.  This can be done by placing cotton, dental floss, or a splint under the toenail, so it does not continue to grow into the toe.  If the problem persists, removing a portion of the ingrown toenail may be necessary.  If this does not fix the problem, complete removal of the toenail may be required.

It is important to begin treating an ingrown toenail as soon as possible.  Leaving an ingrown toenail untreated can lead to much worse complications.  Left untreated, ingrown toenails can lead to severe infections that affect the bone of the toe.  This is especially in those who have diabetes.  For these people, an ingrown toenail can lead to a severe open sore that requires surgery.  Therefore, if you have an ingrown toenail that you have been unable to treat at home, it is best to see a physician as soon as possible.  Wearing properly fitting shoes, and trimming your toenails appropriately is key to preventing ingrown toenails in the future.  If all precautions are taken, and ingrown toenails continue to occur, the toenail may need to be surgically removed, to allow a new nail to grow in.

Ingrown toenails are a simple problem on the surface, but can lead to many complications if left untreated.  Fortunately, in most cases, ingrown toenails can be easily treated.  However, the best thing for ingrown toenails is prevention.  Avoiding them in the first place can save a lot of time and trouble down the line.  However, most people will suffer from an ingrown toenail at least once in their life.  When this occurs, it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible.  Catching and treating an ingrown toenail early as opposed to late can make the difference between treatment with a cotton ball or surgical treatment.  Being aware of your health and taking steps to remain healthy are key to avoiding invasive treatment in the future.


If you are looking for an ingrown toenail doctor in Phoenix, call Oasis Foot and Ankle at 602-933-2700. Our board-certified foot and ankle doctors are extremely knowledgeable in the treatment of ingrown toenails and other foot and ankle conditions.

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