Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a painful condition characterized by the nail digging into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation and possible infection in the toe. This is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation or other systemic diseases.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

  • Heredity
  • Improper nail trimming
  • Trauma
  • Shoe pressure
  • Poor foot structure

Prevention

  • Trim toenails straight across
  • Select the proper shoe for size and fit
  • Avoid shoe gear with narrow toe boxes

Treatment

  • Foot soaks in warm water with Epsom salt
  • Partial or complete nail removal by a podiatrist
  • Shoe gear modification with wider toe boxes

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