One of the most common causes of foot pain, ingrown toenails occur when the sides or corners of nails -- typically on the big toes -- grown into the adjacent flesh. Although ingrown toenails can be incredibly painful, they are typically easy to treat.
Ingrown Toenail Symptoms
In most cases, patients first realize that they are experiencing ingrown toenails when they suffer from acute pain along the edges of the affected toenails. A variety of other symptoms may also occur, such as:
- ● Redness near the edges of the toenail
- ● Swelling of the toe
- ● Infection of the tissue surrounding the toenail
- ● Oozing pus or bleeding
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails are typically associated with ill-fitting footwear, which, if too tight or too narrow, may place undue pressure on the toenail, causing it to grow into the toe's flesh. A variety of other issues may also be to blame, with common ingrown toenail causes including the following:
- ● Improper toenail trimming
- ● Sudden stops in basketball, baseball and other sports
- ● Fungal infections
- ● Toe injuries
- ● Excessive sweating of the feet
- ● Bulbous toe shape
- ● Stubbed toes or other forms of trauma
It may be difficult for some patients to determine the underlying cause of their ingrown toenails, as multiple factors could be responsible for the condition. Correct identification is important, however, as it allows for the successful implementation of targeted preventative measures.
Ingrown Toenails: Dr. Taub's Treatment Approach
A variety of treatment methods can be used to ease the pain associated with ingrown toenails. The selected approach may vary depending on the cause and the severity of the condition. With mild ingrown nails, Dr. Taub can gently cut the corner out this should relieve this painful condition. In moderate to severe cases, a portion of the ingrown toenail may be surgically removed. A numbing injection will be used to reduce the pain associated with this procedure. (link to nail avulsion)
The aforementioned solutions are typically reserved for patients who have only experienced ingrown toenails once or twice. If the problem occurs repeatedly on the same toe, a more extensive procedure may be required. In addition to the removal of a portion of the nail, some of the underlying nail bed may also be destroyed to prevent nail regrowth. (link to permanent matrixectomy)
Dr. Taub understands the extreme pain and suffering experienced by patients with ingrown toenails. His multi-faceted approach to this common source of foot pain ensures that, no matter the cause of the ingrown toenail, the issue can be quickly resolved. In addition to providing effective treatments for ingrown toenails, Dr. Taub offers gentle guidance and education, thereby minimizing the likelihood of future problems. Look to Dr. Taub and his amazing staff as a source of healing and knowledge.
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