An ingrown toenail can develop when the side of the nail essentially grows into the skin surrounding the toenail. Not only can this condition be unsightly, it can also cause a patient discomfort and pain. Ingrown toenails have an interesting relationship to pus that patients ought to be familiar with. Pus can sometimes ooze from an ingrown toenail if there is an infection. In these circumstances, the pus may appear to be a green or yellow color. Pus can therefore be a helpful indicator that something might be wrong with your ingrown toenail. Infections are nothing to take lightly, and if you believe you have one, seek out medical attention. If you are someone that struggles with a case of ingrown toenails, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment and advice.
Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- Bacterial infections
- Improper nail cutting such as 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
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.
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 offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.