An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin around it, causing inflammation and increased risk of infection. This could be very problematic for patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes or impaired circulation.
Causes of ingrown nails
- Genetic predisposition
- Cutting the nail improperly
- Pressure from footwear
- Imbalances in the biomechanical aspect of the body
- Trauma to the area
What can a patient do?
- Only cut nails straight across
- Wear shoes that are not tight in the toe box
What can a podiatrist do for you?
- Examine the affected area
- X-ray the area to make sure underlying bones are not affected
- Remove the ingrown part of the nail
- Culture the nail area
- Prescribe antibiotics or topical medication
- If necessary, perform surgery on the nail to permanently get rid of the condition