Ingrown Toenails And How to Prevent Them
An ingrown toenail arises when the side or the top of the toenail (usually on the big toe) grows into the skin around the toe. Ingrown toenails can be painful and if not treated, promptly can cause an infection. Dr. Frank Campo is a podiatrist at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA. He specializes in foot and ankle problems.
What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail may be caused by:
- Not cutting your toenails evenly
- Toenails that grow in a curved or irregular shape
- Socks that are too tight and put pressure on your toes
- Shoes that are pointed or have a narrow toe box
- Trauma to your toenail
- Not keeping your feet clean or dry
- A hereditary condition
Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
Many Boston residents who recognize these symptoms choose Dr. Campo for their podiatry needs:
- Tender skin around the affected toenail
- Redness and swelling around the nail
- Pain in the toe when wearing shoe or socks or walking
Signs that you may have an infection in the toenail include:
- A yellowish-green discharge
- An unpleasant smell coming from the nail
- Persistent pain
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should talk to a podiatrist as soon as possible. If you suffer from diabetes, you may have an increased risk of ingrown toenails.
Avoiding Ingrown Toenails
- Cut your toenails evenly, straight across
- Avoid cutting your nails too short
- Wear shoes and socks that fit comfortably and give your toes plenty of room
If you have concerns about an ingrowing toenail or any other foot problems and you’re looking for a podiatrist, call Dr. Campo at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA today at (617) 248-8682.