An ingrown toenail arises when your toenail (usually the big toe) grown into the surrounding skin at the top or side of the toe. If you have an ingrown toenail, you should see a podiatrist before an infection develops. Dr. Allan Rosenthal is a podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield where he provides treatment for foot and ankle problems and specializes in sports medicine.
Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
Ridgefield residents with an ingrown toenail may experience the following:
- Tender skin or swelling around the nail
- Pain when pressure is applied to the toe
- A build-up of fluid or pus around the nail
- Bleeding around the nail
Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail can occur at any age, though older people may be more at risk because of thickened nails. Causes include:
- Not cutting toenails properly
- Irregularly shaped toenails
- Tight footwear that puts pressure on the toes
- Socks that are too tight
- Injury to a toenail
- Genetic predisposition
- Poor foot hygiene
Certain athletic activities can also increase your risk of ingrown toenails. These include football, ballet, soccer, and kickboxing.
If you are treating your ingrown toenail at home, rest and daily foot soak in Epsom salts can help to ease the pain. If you have an ingrown toenail that has become infected, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible. If you have frequent ingrown toenails should talk to a podiatrist about the possible underlying cause. If you suffer from diabetes and you have an ingrown toenail, you should see a podiatrist immediately as you are at risk of a serious infection that may lead to amputation.
If you live in Ridgefield and you would like treatment for an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Rosenthal today at (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment.