The Dangers Of Ingrown Toenails
In addition to being incredibly painful and uncomfortable, ingrown toenails can become infected, and cause potentially serious health complications for people who are also suffering from diabetes. Although they can happen to anyone, there are several precautions that diabetes sufferers in particular, and everyone can take to avoid painful ingrown toenails and infections.
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
If your toes are resting comfortably in your shoes and you are completely unaware of the existence of your toenails, congratulations, they are probably not ingrown. However, when the edge of a toenail grows in at an angle and begins to dig into the skin, it can lead to painful swelling, and cause an infection which might require a trip to your Torrance, CA podiatrist. They are most common in the big toes, but can develop in any toe. The most common cause is unevenly trimmed or filed toenails.
Other potential causes are:
- Tight, narrow shoes that box in the toes and cause prolonged pressure
- An injury or trauma to the toe
- A fungal infection
- Anatomy of the foot
- Hereditary condition (if mom or dad frequently gets them, there's a chance you might too)
The Torrance, CA-based podiatrists at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers advise their patients to cut the toenails carefully, straight across with nail clippers to avoid rough, jagged edges. If a toenail does become ingrown and begins to show signs of infection, such as painful swelling, throbbing, and discharge of pus that does not alleviate after a few days, it may require treatment. Although rare, severely ingrown toenails can become abscessed. Patients with diabetes are at an even greater risk for serious complications, even from common foot problems like blisters and corns, and should make regular appointments with a foot doctor for routine maintenance and check-ups.
Find a Podiatrist in Torrance, CA
For more information on ingrown toenail prevention, diabetic foot care, or for treatment for pain and a foot or ankle injury, contact a podiatrist at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers by calling 310-791-1092 to schedule an appointment today.