Ingrown toenails are a common occurrence in podiatry offices. They are typically caused by trimming the nails too shorts, especially on the side of the big toe. They also can be caused by shoes being too tight or short, injury to the toe, fungal infection, poor foot structure or just genetics. Ingrown toenails occur when the sides or corners of the toenail begin to dig into the skin, sometimes causing infection. This condition can be painful. This makes seeing a Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrist from Diamond Podiatry that much more important.
About Ingrown Toenails
Generally, ingrown toenails start out swollen and tender and can become red, sore and infection. The skin can even begin to grow over the ingrown toenail. Treating ingrown nails can be simply treated by soaking the foot several times a day. However, it is important to visit a Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry to see if your ingrown toenail requires antibiotics. Sometimes in severe cases, surgical removal of the nail is also required. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion, which involves injecting the toe with anesthesia and cutting out the ingrown portion of the nail from underneath the skin.
Ingrown toenails can be prevented by trimming the nails straight across with no rounded corners. Also, wearing shoes and socks that fit properly and aren’t too short or tight can help prevent them. Next, keep feet clean all the time to ensure proper hygiene is achieved. All of these things can help prevent ingrown toenails from re-developing.
If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry today. This will help you alleviate your pain and discomfort sooner rather than later. To schedule an appointment with one of their professional podiatrists, just call today.