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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
May 06, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Many people often believe the misconception that ingrown toenails occur because the nail has been left to grow too long a length. The reality is, however, that ingrown toenails occur due to cutting the nails too short.

To treat ingrown nails with D.I.Y. relief at home, soak the feet in warm water and Epson salts before applying an antiseptic and bandage to the toe temporarily. When clipping the toenails, be sure to leave 1/8 inch of the white tip showing. Clippers specifically for toenails should always be used to cut toenails, as they are larger and sturdier than fingernail clippers.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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ingrown toenailAvisail Garcia is referred to as a “monster” by his teammates. In 2013 he had a .304 batting average and 21 RBIs. And recently he played a baseball game only one day after having surgery to remove an ingrown toenail.

Robin Ventura, manager for the White Sox, thought Garcia would need a day or two to recover, but the player was on the field hitting and throwing balls without any issues. “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ he said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

If you have an ingrown toenail, you might need to have it surgically removed. For a professional opinion, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your condition and explore all the possible treatment options that are available for you.

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.

Treatment

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
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A.J. McCarronCollege 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.

Treatment

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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