An ingrown toenail is a common condition that typically affects the big toe when the toenail is curved and the side or the corner of the nail grows into the surrounding skin. It can be painful, and if left untreated, can cause an infection. With proper foot care, this condition can be prevented.
Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd are foot doctors located in Bozeman, MT, at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. They provide Bozeman residents with complete foot care services, including treating ingrown toenails.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails
You will be able to recognize an ingrown toenail by the following signs and symptoms:
- Soreness on one or both sides of your toenail
- Swelling around the edges of the toenail
- Redness and inflammation of the affected toe
- Puss or blisters around the affected toenail
When to See a Foot Doctor
You should see a podiatrist if you:
- Have severe pain in the affected toe
- Notice that the inflammation or infection is spreading
- You have diabetes
If you suffer from diabetes, you are at greater risk of ingrown toenails due to reduced blood flow to your feet. If you have an ingrown toenail and are diabetic, you should talk to a foot doctor as soon as possible to avoid complications.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails can be caused by:
- Injury to the big toe
- Improper nail clipping
- Ill-fitting footwear
- A toenail condition such as a fungal infection
How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails
Following these steps can help you avoid ingrown toenails:
- Cute your toenails straight and evenly.
- Be careful not to cut your toenails too short.
- Wear socks and shoes that fit comfortably.
- Avoid injury to your toes.
If you’re looking for a Bozeman foot doctor, call (406) 782-2278 to make an appointment. Drs. Greene and Judd will be happy to discuss your footcare concerns.