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Ingrown Toenail Help


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1/12/2013
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Have you noticed your toenail digging into your skin?  Or perhaps your toenail has been causing you pain, and you’re not sure what it’s from.  Well, we may have an answer for you –ingrown toenails! 

Ingrown toenails can happen on any toe, but are most commonly seen on the big toe.  What happens is that there has been too much pressure on the toenail, which forces the nail to grow into the flesh of the toe.  Often times the toenail will dig into the soft tissue of nail grooves.  Your toenails are supposed to grow straight out. 

Causes for ingrown toenails include:

  • Tight-fitting or narrow shoes, which cause crowding.
  • Toenails were not trimmed correctly.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Injury to the toenail.
  • Inherited condition.

Symptoms for ingrown toenails include:

  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Skin tissue is prominent

If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, Dr. Danciger can help with treatment and you should give him a call.  However, below are a few tips to help relieve ingrown toenail pain.  They include:

  • Wear sandals or open-toed shoes.
  • Soak your toe for 5 minutes at least twice a day in warm water. 
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the infected area.  Make sure to apply on the corners.

Ingrown toenails don’t have to happen and you can help prevent them!  Below are some tips on how to care for your toenails.  They include:

  • When trimming your toenails, make sure you trim straight across.  You want to keep them long enough so the nail corner is not visible. 
  • File your nails straight across in a single movement.  It’s important not to file your toenails back and forth.
  • Use a cuticle stick to clean under your nail.   
  • Don’t ever rip or tear your toenails.
  • Wear shoes that have roomy toe box areas.  Avoid shoes that are pointy or narrow.

You should see Dr. Danciger if you are experiencing drainage or a lot of redness around the toenail.  If you are a person with diabetes and notice an ingrown toenail, you should be seen immediately.  For more information, or to set up an appointment, contact our office today.   



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Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

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