Golfer Contends with Ingrown Toenail
Golfer David Howell wants to be in the US Open at the Merion. To be able to participate, the golfer uses rest and relaxation, having missed the Lyoness Open as a result of an ingrown toenail. The injury timing resembles similar toe problems he had leading up to the 2011 US Open. “I had already had some work done to my toe on Monday to try and get rid of the problem and double-check it was OK, but that ended up making it worse rather than better,” said Howell.
If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.
Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.
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