Owie! Is That An Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail is when the nail curves inward and grows into the skin, usually on the edges. This painful piercing of the nail irritates the skin and causes redness, swelling, and warmth, all of which are signs of an infection. Bacteria may even enter the area further infecting it.  This is often shown by the sign of white, yellow, or green puss.

 

There are a variety of causes for ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Trauma or injury of the nail
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Heredity
  • Fungal Infections

Some ways to avoid ingrown toenails are practicing proper trimming techniques of the toenails and wearing well-fitted shoes and socks.

If your ingrown toenail has become infected you shouldn’t attempt to treat it yourself, avoid “Bathroom Surgery”. Instead, go and see your friendly foot doctor.

We love treating ingrown toenails and pride ourselves in providing a pleasant experience in our office. Give us a call today if you think you may have an ingrown toenail (707) 578-1222.