By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail, despite its size, can cause unbearable pain. Ingrown toenails develop when the corner of a nail grows into the soft flesh. They usually affect the big toe and lead to pain, redness, and swelling. If not addressed immediately, it could lead to a nasty infection.

Here at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, our podiatry specialists, Dr. Jason Hancock and Dr. Timothy Mason, could take a thorough assessment of your ingrown toenail and suggest the most appropriate solutions during a consultation at one of our offices in Orlando, Oviedo, or Lake Mary, FL.

Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

The early-stage symptoms of ingrown toenails are:

  • Fluid building up around your toe
  • Pain and discomfort when you press on your toe
  • Swollen, tender, or hard skin next to the ingrown toenail

If your toe begins to get infected, symptoms may include the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Red and swollen skin
  • Bleeding
  • Secretion of pus
  • A buildup of skin around the toe

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails could affect anyone, though it is more common in people who tend to have sweaty feet. Additionally, older people are also more prone to ingrown toenails since our toenails naturally thicken with age. Various factors that can cause ingrown toenails such as:

  • Improper cutting of toenails
  • Curved, uneven toenails
  • Genetics
  • Inadequate foot hygiene, like failing to keep your feet dry or clean
  • Bad posture
  • Toenail injury, such as stubbing your toe, kicking a ball with your toes repeatedly, or having something heavy hit your foot
  • Tight footwear that holds a large amount of pressure on your big toes

Activities and sports in which your toes and feet are under continuous pressure for long durations could likewise result in damage to your toenails, and further increase your risk of developing ingrown toenails. These include soccer, football, ballet, kickboxing, and the like. At our Orlando, Lake Mary, and Oviedo, locations, our podiatry specialists can examine your ingrown toenail to find out what’s causing it and provide proper treatment for it.

Ingrown Toenail Prevention Tips

Developing the following habits, and making changes to your lifestyle could help prevent the risk of getting an ingrown toenail. These practical tips include:

  • Use shoes, socks, and tights that fit you properly. Make sure that they are not too loose or tight.
  • Don’t cut your nails too short.
  • Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid curving your toenails corresponding to the shape of the anterior of your toe.
  • Sport protective footwear. If your work involves the risk of injuring your feet or toes, protective footwear like steel-toed shoes is necessary.

When to See a Podiatry Specialist

Some ingrown toenails can be removed at home. However, it is highly recommended that you see your podiatrist instead, especially if you spot any signs of infection. It’s likewise crucial to note that the problem will most likely recur if the ingrowing part of the nail is not removed. In addition, if your ingrown nail persists, permanent removal of the nail root may be recommended.

Need Help with Your Ingrown Toenail, We Can Help

Dial (407) 365-9511 to reach one of our offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, or Oviedo, FL.