Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenail
Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.
Dealing with an ingrown toenail? Find out how to manage the discomfort.
Most people at some point during their lifetime will deal with an ingrown toenail. While the problem is rarely serious it can certainly be painful. Our Kalispell, MT, podiatrist Dr. Esther Barnes is here to tell you more about ingrown toenails and what you can do to manage your symptoms.
While an ingrown toenail isn’t considered a serious problem for a healthy individual, the most important thing is to manage your symptoms until the problem resolves itself. Here are some ways to ease ingrown toenail discomfort:
- Wear proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on your toes
- Prevent an infection from brewing by applying an antibiotic cream to the infected toenail
- Place a piece of cotton under the toenail to pull it away from the edge of the skin
- Soak feet in warm water for 15 minutes several times a day
When should I see a doctor?
It’s important to know when you can treat a problem from the comfort of your own home and when you need to consult our Kalispell, MT, podiatric physician. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, if you have nerve damage in your feet or if you have a compromised immune system then even small problems like an ingrown toenail need to be treated right away by a foot care professional. Don’t try to treat the problem on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
Of course, even if you are healthy you may require professional treatment if you notice that the ingrown toenail has become swollen, red, and warm to the touch, or if pus is draining from the area. These are all signs of an infection. If you have a severe ingrown toenail or if your ingrown toenail isn’t responding to at-home care then you should also give us a call. In rare cases, minor surgery may be required to remove a portion or the entire toenail.
Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT, wants to make sure that you are always one step ahead when it comes to properly caring for your feet. If you have questions about the services we offer or need to schedule an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to call us today.
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