College quarterback AJ McCarron, is currently walking around with an orthotic boot on his foot. This is due to the young player enduring an excruciating ingrown toenail. Even though the athlete is in this condition, McCarron has not stopped preparation or playing.
“AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure,” a spokesperson for Alabama told ESPN. McCarron was permitted to practice recently and will play in the coming game versus Virginia Tech.
If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynncan 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
Surgical options include wedge resections (removal of part of the nail), full nail avulsion (full nail removal-the nail may or may not grow back depending on the doctor’s discretion), and the Vandenbos procedure (an elliptical incision is made under the toe that, when healed, allows the nail to return to a more normal position.)
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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