Ingrown toenails are often painful and can be complicated by infection. They often occur in the big toe, but other smaller toes can also be affected. It occurs when the toenail grows abnormally into the skin on the side of the toe. The skin becomes inflamed, red, and painful. The nail growing into the skin can weep, bleed, or discharge pus.
How do ingrown toenails occur?
They occur when the toenail is cut too short, shoes are too tight, diabetes is present, or there is a genetic predisposition. Obesity and certain cancer medications can also increase the risk. they can occur at any age and equally between men and women. About 20% of foot complaints that are brought to a family doctor’s attention are due to ingrown toenails.
How are they treated?
Sometimes warm water soaks, careful trimming, and antibiotic cream can help, other times surgery to remove the ingrown nail is required especially in the case of infection. Your Bend urgent care doctor can help decide the best course of action for your particular case.
How to prevent them from occurring?
- Cut the nail straight across, avoid making curves.
- Don’t manipulate the nail or try to remove it yourself.
- Wear proper fitting shoes with a wide toe box.
- Shoes should be made of breathable material to avoid sweaty feet.