Condition #3: Ingrown Toenails
This condition occurs when the edge of the toenail is driven into the toe by shoes (or boots) that are too tight. The nail cuts into the side of the toe, creating a shooting pain as it puts pressure on the nerves. Nails should be trimmed often and allowed to overhang slightly beyond the skin of the toe. Too long or too short nails can start to grow inward. Cut nails parallel to the shape of your toe.
What is it?
An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edges of the nail grow into the surrounding skin.
What does it look like?
The area is usually red and may be warm; if not treated, it is prone to infection. If infected, the area becomes painful, red, and swollen and pus-filled blisters may develop.
How do you treat it?
Mildly ingrown toenails can be trimmed away, the free edge gently lifted, and sterile cotton placed under the nail until the swelling goes away. A simple in-office nail surgery procedure can eliminate this problem, in which the offending section of the nail is removed. The ingrown nail usually does not recur after a nail surgery.
How do you prevent it?
Proper fitting footwear with enough room in the toe area of the shoe or boot. Trimming your toenails straight across, not curved at the edge of the toenail. If you’re living with painful ingrown toenails, you don’t have to! We’re here to help. Give us a call (905.845.4817) and talk to us today! We’re here to help you put your best foot forward!