Ingrown & Fungal Toenails
Ingrown Toenail Causes and Treatment
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, and possibly infection. The big toe is most commonly affected. It can be caused by wearing tight shoes or simply cutting your toenail incorrectly.
In milder cases, you can treat an ingrown toenail by soaking your toe in warm water and placing a tiny piece of cotton underneath the edge of the nail. However, if an ingrown toenail leads to infection, a podiatrist may have to drain the area or perform minor surgery to cut away the section of your nail that is pressing into your skin. You can prevent ingrown toenails by keeping your nails neatly manicured and by wearing properly fitting shoes.
Fungus in the Toe Causes and Treatment
Toenail fungus is another matter. Infections usually occur in warm, wet environments when microscopic fungus enters the nail through a cut or break. The nail then thickens and appears discolored. Toenail fungus infections are more common among people over the age of 60, and it can be particularly dangerous for people with diabetes or weakened immune systems.
In order to diagnose a fungal infection, a podiatrist will examine your foot and may take a small sample of the affected nail. Treatment for toenail fungus includes topical gels, creams, nail lacquers, or antifungal prescription medicine. Rarely does it require surgery. In any event, treatment can take a while since toenails grow slowly and tight fitting or damp shoes can encourage fungal growth.
Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care can treat your Ingrown Toenail
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, fungal infection, or any other type of foot pain, Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care has many different locations across southwest Ohio to provide treatment. Call the location nearest you to schedule a consultation or use our convenient appointment request form.