Do you have pain in the corners of your toenail? No matter how much you try to trim or file it, is it still bothering you? If so, you may be suffering from an ingrown toenail.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are common conditions that can affect any individual regardless of their age or health. When toenails curve as they grow out, the toenail causes the adjacent skin to thicken and causes discomfort. Or when an ingrown toenail tears into the adjoining skin, it causes swelling. It may occur on the left or right side of the nail, or even sometimes on both sides!
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails may occur from improper trimming of the nail, where there is a sharp edge on either corner of the nail. This condition can also occur from how the nail is growing. One example is a pincer nail, where there is an over-curvature of the nail on both sides. As one can imagine, the over-curvature of the nail can cause pain in both corners of the nail by pinching into the soft tissue below it.
The symptoms of the affected corner may only initially be pain with pressure or in shoe gear. However, if left untreated, it may become inflamed and the affected corner may turn red and swell. At its worst, it could result in a localized infection with purulence, which is a milky-colored discharge.
If you find yourself in this situation, you should see our podiatrists. A simple visit can alleviate your pain and put you back on your feet!