An ingrown toenail is the most common type of nail issue. When the corners of the toenails begin to dig into the flesh on either side of the toe, it can be intensely painful. Toenails should grow out rather than to the sides, so the soft flesh is not prepared to deal with the intrusion of the toenail.
Ingrown toenails are often first recognized when the patient notices pain in the toes. This is most common in the big toes. The skin of the toe, particularly the skin at the sides of the toe, will often be reddened when there is an ingrown toenail. Many people who have ingrown toenails experience significant swelling in the toe, as well. Some people who have an ingrown toenail may have fluid leakage from the toe, and they may notice a persistent odor as well.
Ingrown toenails may develop for a variety of reasons. Improperly trimmed toenails i one of the main causes. Shoe pressure can be another reason. For example, a woman who wears pointed-toe high heels every day may be crowding the toes and increasing the chances of developing ingrown toenails. Some people develop ingrown toenails because the problem was inherited from their parents or other close family members.
The podiatrist will typically opt for the removal of the ingrown part of the toenail. A prescription medication may also be given to make sure the infection is resolved. While not common, there may be some chronic cases where the best solution is the removal of the entire nail. The podiatrist will opt for the most conservative approach so that the nail is preserved as much as possible.
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