An ingrown toenail causes throbbing toe pain severe enough to cause you to limp. If it gets infected, the toe swells so that you can’t even wear your shoes. Don’t wait until you need infected ingrown toenail surgery. As soon as you notice an ingrown toenail, visit the top-rated New Jersey podiatrist, Dr. Velimir Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton. Call today for an appointment.
Your toenails provide some protection for your toes, but they’re really an evolutionary holdover. The edges of your nails rest in a groove on top of your toes. If functioning normally, the nails grow steadily outward as new nail material forms in the nail bed. If your nail suffers damage, it may start curling or growing downward, digging into the soft flesh of your toes.
Ingrown toenails can be painful. If they’re bad enough, they can affect your gait and require medical attention. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can result in continued pain, inflammation and infection that requires ingrown toenail surgery. Visit podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey to discuss treatment options and prevention tips with your board-certified New Jersey podiatrist, Dr. Velimir Petkov.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail may arise for a number of reasons, but the two most common involve:
• Wearing poorly fitting shoes that squeeze your toes together
• Improperly trimming your toenails
If your shoes are too tight, they compress the nail, preventing it from resting comfortably in its groove. If your nails are torn or peeling, the skin next to the nail becomes irritated and inflamed, which alters the groove. Other causes include heredity or repeated trauma to your toes and feet. Talk to your podiatrist about the proper way to trim toenails once you’ve undergone treatment.
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