By The Center For Podiatric Medicine
June 27, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ingrown Toennails  

If you have an ingrown toenail, it may not seem like such a big deal. However, if left untreated an ingrown toenail may not go away on its own. It can become red, swollen and painful. Find out how your River North Podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Medicine can help relieve your symptoms.Ingrown Toenail

What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail takes place when the corner or the side of a toenail digs into the flesh of the toe. This condition can irritate the skin, cause swelling and redness.

What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails can happen due to a variety of reasons. This includes if your shoes are too tight, not trimming the toenails properly, or due to heredity.
There are several things that you can do to prevent this condition in the first place. One way is by trimming your toenails straight so that there are no round corners. You want to make sure that you keep your feet clean and that you wear shoes that are not too tight.

What are the treatment options?
If you are suffering from ingrown toenails, some at home treatments include soaking your foot in warm salt water or soapy water. Then bandage the area.

If you have attempted a home remedy and are still in pain, or if the ingrown toenails are making it difficult to walk or to enjoy your everyday activities, then it’s time to seek help from your River North podiatrists. One of our qualified podiatrists will remove the ingrown part of the nail and will give you a prescription if needed for the infection. If necessary, the portion of the nail that consistently becomes ingrown can be removed to prevent it from growing again. Whatever the cause, your podiatrist will help you figure out a solution to your problem.

Don’t delay, find out how your River North podiatrist at The Center For Podiatric Medicine can help alleviate your pain.

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