INGROWN TOENAILS / CAUSES AND PREVENTION
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail become embedded in the surrounding soft tissue. As the nail grows, it grows adjacent to the skin, causing recurring pain. Ingrown toenails are a common condition, but it can sometimes lead to infection if not dealt with promptly. Usually the big toenail is most susceptible to becoming ingrown, but it can also happen with other toes. Most ingrown toenails can be treated at home with relative ease, but if the pain is chronic or if the problem persists, then it is advised that you visit the Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. to intervene. Individuals who suffer from diabetes also have a higher susceptibility to infections and other complications.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails to Happen?Shoes can cause ingrown toenails. Footwear that has a particularly closed or pointed tip can cause crowding of the toenails. Women who wear high heels also have a proclivity of ingrown toenails. Not only are shoes a possible culprit, but tight fitting socks can also cause ingrown nails. Injury inflicted on the toenail can also cause the nail to grow in different directions, causing the nail to become embedded. Some studies show a hereditary correlation.
Ingrown Toenail Removal: There are significant risks associated with home treatment including recurrence, infection and increased pain. We highly recommend visiting your Livonia Foot Specialist and having your foot problem professionally handled.