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Everything You Need to Know About Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are one of the foot problems that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Sometimes, they can cause more severe complications than just pain. Usually, either side of the toe, mostly the big one, grows a nail inside its soft flesh affecting the patient. This condition is most common in people with diabetes or any other disease that affects blood flow. Drs. Jaymes and Angela Granata are Las Vegas ingrown toenail specialists who offer treatment to patients with this problem to relieve their discomfort. Book an appointment.

What are the causes of ingrown toenails?

·       Wearing shoes too tight that they crowd your toenails

·       Injuring the toenail

·       Having curved toenails

·       Improper cutting of nails where they become too short

Sometimes, if the condition is not treated on time or is left completely untreated, it could lead to more severe problems. An infection could spread to the underlying bone, which could result in foot impairment. People with preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes are at a higher risk of complications because their wounds heal more slowly. They could develop gangrene, a condition that leads to the death of organ tissues.

What are the recommended remedies?

·       Soak the leg in warm water: Toes with ingrown nails can make the whole leg to begin swelling. Dipping the foot in warm soapy water will help reduce swelling. Repeat the process for some time, soaking it about 20 minutes each time.

·       Apply antibiotics: Specific creams will help in the healing process and prevent infection. They include Polysporin, Bactroban, and Neosporin. Each time remember to bandage your toenail.

·       Choose the right footwear: Going for shoes that are too tight will crowd your toes. Crowded toes are one of the causes of ingrown toenails, while they could also make the situation worse if you already have the problem. Therefore, always choose comfortable socks and shoes.

·       Take pain killers: Ingrown toenails can be very painful. Thus, it is recommended that you take certain over the counter drugs to alleviate the discomfort. Some help with both the pain and swelling.

·       Use toe protectors: During the healing period, the toe might be vulnerable to multiple injuries. A toe protector will cover the entire toe and cushion it from potential hits.

·       Nail removal: This is supposed to be the last solution. If the toenail does not get better even after several treatments, you may want to consider a partial or full nail removal. Go to a qualified physician for this.

How can you prevent ingrown toenails?

·       Keep nails short: You should always make sure nails are trimmed to a moderate length. However, do not make them too short, as the pressure from your shoes could make them grow into the flesh.

·       Trim nails straight across: If you try to curve the nails to match the toe shape, you could be increasing the chances of an ingrown toenail. 

·       Wear fitting shoes: Do not wear shoes that are too tight as the pressure could damage both your feet and nerves.

You can take various measures to prevent an ingrown toenail. However, if you already have developed the condition, treatment is available. Specialists at Battle Born Bone will assess your condition and offer surgical or non-surgical treatment options. Book an appointment online today.