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With an ingrown toenail, you will notice swelling and redness where the edge of the nail is cutting into your skin. A bacterial or fungal toenail infection may also be evident causing yellowing and a discharge of fluid that may have a bad smell. For advanced cases, it’s always best to seek treatment with your foot doctor to ensure the proper diagnosis and care.
3 main causes of ingrown toenails
- Poor toenail cutting—One of the main causes of an ingrown toenail is from cutting the nails too short and too close to the skin. This positions the edge of the nail next to the tender skin around your toes and the nail then grows into the skin, causing severe pain.
- Foot trauma—Injuring your toe by dropping something heavy on it can damage the nail and cause it to grow into the skin.
- Tight shoes—Shoes that constrict your toes force them together and press on the toenails, increasing the chances of developing this condition.
Treatment for ingrown toenails
For less severe cases, you may be able to lift up the edge of the nail where it is hitting your skin and insert a piece of cotton to pull the nail away. Eventually, it will grow out over the skin. Be sure not to cut the nail too short again to avoid a recurrence. For severe ingrown toenails, your foot doctor may need to cut away the nail to stop the pain and to treat the underlying damage.
If you are experiencing problems with ingrown toenails, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
While nail fungus is more likely to spread in warm conditions, no matter what the temperature is outside the temperature in your shoes is still just right for the proliferation of fungal bacteria which can spread from your skin to your nails and vice versa. The fungi are also rather hardy and thrive in public areas such as shower rooms. When the fungi spread under your nail the result is not very attractive. The nail becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a foul odor. Once nail fungus is entrenched it can be difficult to eradicate, which is why it is important to take steps to avoid getting an infection in the first place.
Some tips for preventing nail fungus include:
- Keeping your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet regularly and change socks often. It’s also a good idea to let your shoes air out between wearings by alternating them every other day or so.
- Nail trimming—Since an ingrown toenail problem can lead to a fungal infection, it is very important to always trim your nails straight across rather than on a curve so that the edge of the nail won’t grow into the skin.
- Breathable footwear—In addition to breathable and moisture wicking socks, it is important to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as Gortex.
- Protect your feet—In public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, it is important to wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize your contact with problematic bacteria and viruses.
If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your toenails that may include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Topical or oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed and be sure to ask about our new laser treatment for fungal nails.
For more expert advice on nail fungus treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!