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Ingrown Toenails

What Is Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown Toenail is a toenail having its free tip embedded in the surrounding flesh or nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin of the toe.

It is a painful condition that occurs when a sharp corner of the toenail digs into the skin at the end or side of the toe. Pain and inflammation are the instant results t the place where nail curls into the skin. This inflamed part starts growing extra tissue or drain yellowish fluid.

Causes

It can be caused by tight-fitting shoes or high heels that cause the toes to be compressed together and pressurize the nail to grow abnormally. This problem can also cause due to improper trimming of toenails as corners of the nail can dig into the skin. Fungal infection of the nail can also cause thickened or widened toenail to develop.

Methods of Prevention

Careful clipping of the toenails is the first and simple preventive method of ingrown toenail. You are advised to clip toenails straight across and taking care to keep the end longer in comparison to skin edge. By doing so, you can prevent the corners from digging into the skin. It is important to know that they should not cut too short or rounded. If you wear well fitting shoes, it will keep you away from ingrown toenail.

Ingrown Toenail Treatments

Ingrown toenail treatments work effectively with conservative measures like topical antibiotics, gently pushing back the piece of overgrown skin away from the nail and warm daily soaks. Consult with our experts at Sports Orthopaedics in Singapore for effective treatment.

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