Ingrown Toenail Treatment & Care
If you have a toenail that is growing into your skin, then you know how painful it can be. What you may not know is that it can become infected. People who suffer from diabetes, circulatory problems, and numbness of the toes and feet, can have serious complications. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail in West Haven, CT, the first thing you should do is see a podiatrist for treatment.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Any toenail can be affected, but in most cases, it is the big toe nail that becomes ingrown. There are several things that can allow a toenail to become ingrown including injury to your toes or feet. People who wear high heels or tight shoes run the risk of a nail becoming ingrown due to the compression of your toes.
Even genetics can play a part. If your mother, father, and even siblings suffer from ingrown toenails, it increases your chances of having ingrown toenails.
Another cause can be fungal infection, but a major cause of ingrown toenails is not taking care of your nails properly. Your toenail should always be trimmed with a straight edge as rounded corners make it easier for the edge of your nail to grow into your skin.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Call a podiatrist immediately if you have an ingrown toenail, particularly one that show signs of infection. If you are undergoing chemotherapy, have diabetes, have circulatory issues, have HIV/AIDS, or even those who are not up-to-date with tetanus immunizations, are at a greater risk of complications. There are times when surgery is needed.
At West Haven Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Sean Lazarus can provide you with treatment, antibiotics, and even assist you in choosing the correct orthotics to treat ingrown toenails.