Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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How do I treat my ingrown toenail?
It is important NOT to try to treat an ingrown toenail by yourself! This condition, although not life-threatening, is still something that will need professional medical attention. If you notice the start of what looks like an ingrown toenail, make sure to re-think your footwear. Shoes that are too tight will only cause more trouble and pain. To relieve some of the discomfort, your doctor may tell you to use ibuprofen.
When an ingrown toenail causes pain, a procedure may be necessary in order to remove part or all of the nail. For severe cases, it may be necessary to eliminate some of the underlying skin from the nail bed. This will prevent the nail from returning and becoming ingrown again.
Dr. Evan Merrill will assess your situation and advise you on the best possible course of action for the treatment of your ingrown toenail. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable! Make an appointment today.
Can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Though not all ingrown toenails can be avoided, there are a few preventative measures you can take. One way to prevent an ingrown toenail is by practicing good hygiene. This includes trimming your toenails straight across and leaving them the length of your toe. Nails that are ripped off, instead of cut, are also prone to burrowing and growing inward. Poorly fitting shoes can add to the problem. A good rule of thumb is "if the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it." Sometimes, simply performing the same activity repeatedly, such as kicking a soccer ball, can lead to an ingrown toenail. If you notice pain in your toes, stop the activity.
Ingrown toenails can develop rather quickly. It is a condition that can lead to permanent changes in the tissue of your toes. Overgrowth may cause infection, pain, and swelling. Those with diabetes and vascular problems need to be aggressive in treating and preventing ingrown toenails. If you'd like to learn more about treating your toes, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford, OR. We can be reached at (541) 776-3338 or through our online contact form.
What are some ingrown toenail causes?
Your toe is throbbing. Perhaps it's red and swollen near the edges. It could even be oozing a white liquid. Ingrown toenails are to blame for this irritation. They can develop rather quickly, even from routine activities.
The most common ingrown toenail causes include: wearing shoes that crowd your toenails, cutting your toenails too short and rounded on the edges, injuring your toenail by stubbing or dropping something on it, and having unusually curved toenails. If you want to avoid the problem, be sure to wear shoes that leave room for your toes, cut your nails straight across, and wear protective footwear when handling heavy objects.
Damage to your toes and toenails can affect your entire foot. If your toenail has become ingrown, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford, OR, today! Overgrowth may cause uncomfortable swelling, pain, and infection. Give us a call at (541) 776-3338 or contact us online. We'll help you find the relief you need!
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the side of one of the toenails has grown or is growing into the skin that surrounds the nail. As you can imagine, this causes pain in the affected toe (most commonly the big toe). The pain is often intensified by putting your feet into shoes, especially ones that are too tight.
The reason that many ingrown toenails are formed links back to footwear and toenail hygiene! When toenails are trimmed too short, they often begin to grow sideways into the skin. Shoes and socks that are too tight cause nails to become curved. This can lead to this toenail malady as well.
If not treated properly, ingrown toenails can cause infections. For those that have diabetes, this is a serious matter that will need to be taken care of immediately. Dr. Evan Merrill is a trained and board-certified podiatrist, and can take care of your ingrown toenails today!