Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenails

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 17, 2016
Category: Foot Care

At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we treat a wide variety of toe, foot and ankle disorders. What we find is that one of the best “treatments” is prevention. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your feet:

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet daily and dry them completely, especially between your toes.

  • Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. If you are a serious athlete, buy shoes designed for your specific sport. Limit time in high heels.

  • Be sure all your shoes fit well. One of the biggest causes of foot problems is improperly fitting shoes. There should be at least a half inch between you longest toe and the inside of your shoe. Be sure shoes fit snugly in the heel and also that there are no places where the shoe rubs on your foot. Tip: shop for shoes at the end of the day—that’s when your foot tends to be at its largest. Do not wear shoes that are worn out and have lost their shape.

  • Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Don’t round or cut in the corners as this can lead to ingrown nails.

  • Limit the amount of time you walk barefoot to greatly reduce your risk of injury and infection. Be sure to wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like gym showers and community pools to avoid athlete’s foot.

  • Apply sun block to your feet just as you would the rest of your body.

  • Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

  • Look your feet over regularly. If you notice changes in size, shape or color of your feet or nails or skin issues such as rashes, cracks, peeling or cuts that don’t seem to be healing or anything else unusual, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond.

  • Remember, pain is never normal. If you have constant or regularly recurring pain in your foot or ankle, contact our Reading office for an evaluation.

You only get one set of feet! Take care of them and they’ll take you where you want to go for many years to come.

Parents ought to be aware of the fact their kids can be at risk of developing ingrown toenails in their feet. These ingrown toenails can happen for a variety of reasons, including cutting the nails too short. Children should have their nails to be cut evenly. Ingrown nails can also occur if a child wears socks and shoes that aren’t big enough for his or her feet.

Another cause of ingrown toenails in kids may just be a genetic predisposition to having curved nails. No matter what the cause, never attempt to treat this condition at home. Removing a young one’s ingrown nail with a “bathroom surgery” can lead to a bacterial infection.

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will confirm your diagnosis and do everything she can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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