INGROWN TOENAIL

Ingrown Toenail

Causes:

 

An ingrown toenail can result from a number of things, but poorly fitting shoes and toenails that are not trimmed properly are the most common causes. The skin along the edige of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is usually affected, but any toenail can become ingrown.

 

Ingrown toenails may occur when extra pressure is placed on your toe. Most commonly, this pressure is caused by shoes that are too tight or too loose. If you walk often or participate in athletics, a shoe that is even a little tight can cause this problem. Some deformities of the foot or toes can also place extra pressure on the toe.

 

Nails that are not trimmed properly can also cause ingrown toenails.

 

     ~ When your toenails are trimmed too short or the edges are rounded rather than cut straight across, the nail may curl

        downward and grow into the skin

     ~ Poor eyesight and physical inability to reach the toe easily, as well as having thick nails, can make improper trimming of

        the nails more likely

     ~ Picking or tearing at the corners of the nails can also cause an ingrown toenail

     ~ Some people are born with nails that are curved and tend to grow downward. Others have toenails that are too large for

        their toes. Stubbing your toe or other injuries can also lead to an ingrown toenail.

 

Treatment:

 

May be as simple as reducing the end of the ingrown nail.   If the nail is deeply ingrown surgical removal of the offending nail border and treatment of the nail root so that this situation does not recur is the usual treatment of choice.

 

Post Operative Instructions:

 

Daily soaks with Epsom salt 2 tablespoons in enough lukewarm water to cover the foot.  Redress with Neosporin and a band aid.

 

Or Once daily application of amerigel and a band aid.

 

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