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Reasons for Ingrown Toenails and How We Treat Them

Ingrown toenails can be quite painful. If you or your children are suffering from them, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our office right away so that we can find the necessary treatment.

REASONS WHY TOENAILS BECOME INGROWN

There are several reasons that a toenail could become ingrown. One of the most common is wearing shoes that are too small. As children grow, it can be difficult for parents to realize that shoes are no longer fitting properly. If a child is wearing shoes that are too tight, it can force the toes into a curled or compressed position and the toenails can then change their growth pattern.

This change sometimes forces them to grow inward and down, instead of remaining straight. Always check a child’s shoes several times a year, even cleats, to ensure the footwear does not squish the toes.

If the shoes squish the toes, purchase a new pair. Women also need to be aware of this risk since wearing tight or small high heels can often be responsible for causing ingrown toenails. Pointed toe shoes are especially dangerous since they force toes into an unnatural position.

BE CAREFUL WHEN CUTTING TOENAILS

Another risk and likely cause of ingrown toenails are cutting them incorrectly. Toenails should be cut straight across, even at the beauty salon. If they are cut at an angle or curved on the edges, it will cause the toes to be at risk for toenails that grow in and downwards. If they continue to be cut straight across, the toenail should lay flat to prevent this issue.

VISIT OUR OFFICE AFTER BREAKING A TOENAIL OR HAVING IT RIP OFF

When toenails are severely broken or a portion of it comes off, it increases the likelihood of the nail coming in incorrectly. It is far better to lose the entire toenail than only to lose part of it because of this risk.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

We help children and adults who are suffering from ingrown toenails. We understand how painful an ingrown toenail can be and how difficult it is to live with one. Thus, we offer effective and convenient solutions. Sometimes, we can cut and shape the toenails in such a way that they begin to grow incorrectly and the pain is reduced. In other situations, it is necessary to remove the entire toenail so that it can grow back correctly.

Other treatment methods may involve using objects to help prop up the sides of the toenail so that it can begin to lay flat. There are a variety of treatments that we can suggest. Ultimately, our treatment recommendation is going to depend on the health, goals and concerns of the patient.

Our treatment solutions are incredibly customized because we believe in the importance of patients being educated and making informed healthcare decisions. To learn more about your options for treating ingrown toenails and what we recommend doing, call and schedule an appointment today.

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