Do you suffer from painful ingrown toenails? Onychocryptosis, commonly called ingrown toenails usually occur on the big toes, but depending on the structure of your feet, can happen to the smaller toes as well. Toenails grow into the skin and therefore cause redness, pain, and swelling as they irritate the skin. You are at higher risk for bacterial and fungal infections with ingrown toenails.
What causes them?
- Genetics: Sometimes ingrown toenails can be hereditary due to the way toes and feet are shaped, passed down from parents. Usually this is related to toes or toenails naturally curving downward. Toenails grow downward into the skin or toes curve down or sideways and put pressure on the toenails.
- Cutting toenails improperly: When you cut your toenails too short or round, you have higher risk of the skin around the nail to grow thicker or over the nail.
- Tight Shoes: Lots of pressure constantly on the top and front of your toes can cause irritation around the toes and eventually inflame the skin around the toenails.
- Injury: Blunt trauma to the toes or toenail area can cause prolonged swelling. Additionally, if toenails are lost, they may grow back incorrectly.
- Disease: Fungal infection can cause toenails to grow back more thickly, pressing into the skin around it.
You can prevent ingrown toenails by trimming the toenails in a straight line instead of at a curve. Also, prevent tight pressure on your toes by wearing well-fitting shoes and using bandages or cotton pads to cushion possible pain-inducing areas. Finally, treat infection ASAP and treat toe injuries promptly.
If you already have ingrown toenails, painful or not, you should treat them sooner than later. Then, follow the tips above to prevent further ingrown toenails. The best way to take care of it is to make an appointment with your favorite podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Make an appointment today at our Jonesboro, AR office to find relief from painful ingrown toenails.