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By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
July 28, 2015
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Ingrown toenails occur when the side of a nail curves downward and literally begins to grow into the skin. As the nail “digs in” to the skin it causes irritation, pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe. If the ingrown nail actually breaks the skin, the opportunity is there for bacteria to enter and cause an infection which will often be characterized by a foul odor and drainage from the site.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Dr. Philip S. Pinsker sees many cases of this common foot problem, which can have several causes:

  1. Improper trimming of the toenails (the most common cause)--if you cut your toenails too short, it encourages the skin on the sides of the nail to fold over the nail
  2. Wearing socks or shoes that are too tight in the toe box
  3. Genetics—can be hereditary
  4. A trauma, such as stubbing your toe or have a large object fall on it
  5. Frequently participating in activities that put pressure on the toes, such as running or kicking

Diagnosis and Treatment

The first step is a thorough examination of the toe. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker is board certified and has years of experience treating this and many other foot ailments. He will take a complete medical history and decide on the best treatment for you.  If the ingrown nail has not progressed too far and no infection is present, our podiatrist may recommend that you soak the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. If that is ineffective, there is also a minor surgical procedure to remove part or the entire nail that is ingrown. If you have an infection, an antibiotic will most likely be prescribed.

If you suspect that you may have an ingrown toenail, don’t suffer. Call our Washington, PA office today at (724)225-7410 to schedule an appointment or use our online scheduler

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