Cutting your nails too short can cause the development of an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail occurs when one or both sides of a nail starts to break and grown into your toe’s soft skin. This can cause irritation and infection when the nail creates a cut or skin opening in the toe.
To help keep ingrown toenails at bay, you should practice proper nail trimming. Being overzealous when cutting our toenails can lead to an ingrown. If you are unsure of whether you have an ingrown, below are possible signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail.
- Swollen ingrown edge
- Presence of red or pink color in the toe area
- Pus or any liquid discharges
- Feeling of warmth
- Smelly feet
A visit to a podiatrist can help identify possible treatments for an ingrown toenail.
The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from ingrown toenail and other foot disorders.
Are there any other causes?
- Yes, there are other causes that lead to ingrown toenails aside from cutting our toenails too short, these are:
- Shoes that are not well-fitted. Tight shoes may push your skin on the sides of the nail, which will result to your nail growing through the pushed skin.
- Toe injuries. If you have an injury that causes your nail to fall off, then you are at risk to grow an ingrown nail considering that new nails have higher chances to become ingrown.
- Activities done repeatedly. If you are into sports that uses your feet, it can lead to development of ingrown nails. Take soccer for example, you always kick the ball, which affects your nails too.
Is there a home remedy for an ingrown toenail?
Once an ingrown toenail is identified, conservative and home treatments are available. If pain is felt, carefully assess your feet and check if your nail is growing on the skin along the side. If yes, then simply do these steps:
- Soak your feet in warm salt water for 20 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day.
- Prevent it from recurring by placing a piece of cotton below the semi-ingrown corner of your nail.
- Infection can be prevented with the use of antibiotic cream.