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An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that occurs when the corner of a toenail, usually the big toe, grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can cause pain and swelling in the affected area. If you are a healthy individual you can often treat the ingrown toenail with simple at-home care; however, patients with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or signs of a foot infection should always see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
There are several factors that could increase your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. These include:
- Heredity: if your family has a history of ingrown toenails you may be more likely to develop them, too.
- Poorly fitted shoes: shoes that are too tight and cramp up the toes can also cause painful ingrown toenails, particularly in teens whose feet are still growing rapidly
- Improper nail trimming: if you cut your nails too short or if you cut them at an angle rather than cutting them straight across you could be leaving yourself prone to an ingrown toenail
- Injury to the toe: jamming or stubbing the toe can also increase the risk of an ingrown toenail (this is most common in athletes)
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
If there are no signs of an infection (e.g. foul odor; skin that’s hot to the touch) and you are otherwise healthy then you can probably treat the ingrown toenail all by yourself from the comfort of your home. Take frequent Epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic cream to the area to prevent infection. Again, if there is no infection you can soak nails for several minutes so that they soften, and then gently clip away the affected area of the nail.
If you are experiencing signs of an infected ingrown toenail or if you have diabetes and develop an ingrown toenail it’s important that you seek a podiatrist’s care right away. A podiatrist can treat the infection while also removing part of or the entire nail so that it grows in properly.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
While there are certain factors such as heredity that cannot be helped, there are certainly measures you can take to reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. For one, always make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes that do not put pressure on the toes.
Secondly and most importantly, you need to know how to properly trim your toenails. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. If nails are cut too short or if you trim your nails so they are curved at the edges rather than straight then an ingrown toenail is more likely to develop as the nail grows out.
Athletes should also make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear for their chosen sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally so if you have any questions about the footwear that you should wear, don’t hesitate to speak with your foot doctor.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
It’s nearing the end of the summer, and if you haven’t gotten a pedicure yet, you may start to feel like you’re due for one soon! The time we take to pamper ourselves is always time well spent. One thing is for certain - where you go for your pedicure can majorly impact your experience. This is especially true when you decide to include your child in the pedicure pampering! All of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. challenge you to think ahead!
When you and your child go to get a pedicure, you’re putting your feet into warmer temperature waters that other peoples’ feet have been in as well. Soaking in warm temperatures will relax and open up your pores which, if there are any cuts or sores, will allow infection-causing bacteria to enter more easily. These bacteria can cause them to develop conditions like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, and can trigger or make diabetic foot ulcers worse for adults and kids with diabetes.
Bacteria can also impact your toes which can be affected by athlete’s foot and other toenail fungi. Your toes are also prone to ingrown toenails and the infections that can easily accompany them when your toenails are cleaned and clipped too aggressively. We know what you’re thinking - maybe getting a pedicure isn’t such a great idea...but it’s not all bad! The key to a great pedicure is knowing what to look for: when looking into where you and your child will get their first pedicure, be sure to look at the reviews!
Call ahead and ask if they’re kid-friendly. Visit and check out the facility before committing to it. It’s always a good sign to see cleaning supplies not only present but actively being used! A pedicurist gets major bonus points for having disposable tools and covers for the soaking tub used in pedicure chairs. This says a lot about how a business values the safety and health of its clients.
With all of the good and the bad laid out, we hope this will enable you to confidently pursue your next pedicure adventure and safely introduce pedicures to your child. If any complications arise, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont. Just call (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona!
Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Alan Discont, Dr. Gregory Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, can help you!
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate skin in the corners or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.
Your toes may also become:
- Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail
There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:
- Not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially big toes
- Wearing shoes that are too tight, or short, resulting in crowded toes
- Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
- Foot illnesses, or diseases, like fungal infections.
- Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.
Surgery may be necessary though. If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed.
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Alan Discont, Gregory Krahm and Boyd Andrews of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Call the office at (480) 732-0033.
Many women all over the world wear pantyhose, nylons, and tights every day. They are highly regarded in the fashion world and they are also very comfortable when wearing dresses, skirts and other similar type clothing. Unfortunately, these pantyhose, tights and nylons do not benefit your feet. In fact, they could actually be harming your feet and here is why.
Signs Your Hosiery is Damaging Your Feet
- You have excess fabric - the excess fabric will bunch up around your toes or heels, rubbing against the skin. You may suffer from blisters, calluses, corns and skin irritation as a result. It can also result in cramping and cause your foot to fit improperly in shoes.
- Your tights, nylons or stockings are too tight - Overly tight hosiery distorts the natural shape of your feet, limits movement and puts pressure on toes. You could develop bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fallen arches and poor circulation. All conditions are very painful and can cause permanent foot damage if not properly treated by a podiatrist.
- The fabric is too thin – Thin fabric does not supply the right amount of support and cushion to the feet, which can cause tired feet and lack of stability when walking.
- They are made out of abrasive fabric - Cheap nylon tights aren’t breathable so sweat struggles to escape. Dampness makes nylon feel rougher; the tights can then easily make your feet sore and painful. The feet are also prone to blisters.
Buying the Right Socks and Tights
- Choose nylons, pantyhose and tights that are roomy enough to allow your toes to spread out without leaving excess fabric.
- Wear white socks and pale tights whenever possible. If your feet bleed, secrete pus or sweat too much, it’ll be easier to spot the problem than with dark hosiery.
- Never wear the same pair for two days or more, and always change socks after exercise.
If you suffer from blisters, calluses, corns or other problems due to wearing pantyhose, nylons, or tights, it is important to see a podiatrist right away so that the damage does not cause an infection. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our number one priority.