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By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
November 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Once you've experienced the pain of an ingrown toenail, you'll probably do anything to avoid developing the condition again. Luckily, ingrown toenailpreventing the common condition can be simple if you follow these tips offered by Dr. Thomas Neuman of Northridge and Lancaster, CA.

Keep them straight

Do you round the edges of your toenails because you think they look more attractive? Failing to cut your nails in a straight lines is one of the chief reasons that they may become ingrown. When the edges are rounded, it's much easier for them to grow into the skin at the sides of the nails.

Reduce the pressure

Toenails are more likely become ingrown if they're exposed to constant pressure. Wearing high heels or other shoes that don't provide enough room for your toes can increase your risk. Tight socks may also be a contributing factor. Choosing shoes with plenty of wriggle room and avoiding tight socks can help you avoid the pain of ingrown toenails.

Tackle fungal infections promptly

Toenail fungus thickens toenails, which may make it easier for them to become ingrown. If you notice that your toenails are starting to look a little yellow, don't ignore the problem or simply cover up your nails with polish. Treating your infection will not only improve the appearance of your toenails, but also help prevent ingrown nails.

Examine your feet

Regular examinations of your feet can help you identify signs of trouble. If you notice that a nail is starting to grow into your skin, you may be able to free it yourself if it hasn't become too firmly embedded. Soak your foot in warm water for about 15 or 20 minutes, then slide a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Ideally, the floss or cotton will lift the nail out of the skin. If it doesn't, don't try to forcibly remove your nail from the skin. Instead, make an appointment with our Northridge or Lancaster office.

Don't follow these steps if you have diabetes. Because your risk of infection is much higher if you have the disease, it's important to visit one of our offices as soon as you notice an ingrown toenail, open sore, red streaks or color or sensation changes in your feet.

Are you concerned about an ingrown toenail or another foot and ankle problem? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman by calling (818) 885-8400 for the Northridge, CA, office or (661) 945-3628 for the Lancaster, CA, office.

By Thomas Neuman, D.P.M.
April 17, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown ToenailsIngrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be embarrassing, annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.

People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor-fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.

Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
  • Protecting feet from trauma when possible
  • Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
  • Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection

If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.

When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our Northridge or Lancaster office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.

A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.

Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit Thomas Neuman, D.P.M. for quick and easy treatment.