Ingrown Toenail

Causes of Ingrown Toenails In Clearwater Fl

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Trauma or an injury to your toenail
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Rounding the ends of your toenails
  • Have toenails that curve under naturally
  • Wearing narrow shoes that crush your toes together

Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

You may have an ingrown toenail if you:

  • Feel throbbing and pressure under your toenail
  • Notice your toe getting dark and looking bruised
  • Experience swelling in your toe
  • See fluid, blood, or pus coming out from under your toenail

Ways To Prevent Ingrown Toenails

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails. Remember to:

  • Cut your toenails straight across
  • Don’t cut your toenails too short
  • Wear comfortable, protective shoes to avoid a toe injury
  • Wear wider shoes with enough room for your toes

What You Can Do About an Ingrown Toenail

You can try a few simple tips to treat an ingrown toenail. Consider:

  • Soaking your toes in warm water daily
  • Trying to gently lift your toenail up off the surrounding skin
  • Placing a small piece of dental floss under your toenail to try to lift it up
  • Cushioning your toes with bandages or cotton
  • Wearing sandals until your ingrown toenail heals

Professional Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

Your podiatrist/chiropodist has several options to heal an ingrown toenail, including:

  • Lifting and separating your toenail from the skin around it
  • Trimming off the ingrown part of your toenail
  • Removing the entire toenail so a healthy new toenail can grow

You don’t have to suffer from ingrown toenail pain when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the prevention and treatment of an ingrown toenail, talk with the experts. Call Tampa Bay Podiatry in Clearwater FL today at (727) 797-5007