Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that may require medical supervision. If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, our qualified podiatrists, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, are ready to help.
What are ingrown toenails?
It is a foot disorder that results from abnormal growth of the toenail toward the surrounding skin. This may cause pain and swell in the area. It occurs mostly in the biggest toe.
What are the possible causes of ingrown toenails?
In the majority of the cases, the condition appears due to improper practices from the patients. But in some cases, the genetic factor may play an important role. The following are some of the incorrect practices and foot care routines that may exaggerate the problem:
- Cutting your toenails at an angle or too short
- Wearing tight shoes and socks continuously
- Neglecting daily foot hygiene practices
- Keeping your feet wet after washing them
What are the symptoms of the condition?
The first and most common sign of ingrown toenails is the tenderness with some painful sensations in the affected toe. When the toe is left untreated, fluids may accumulate in the area if it is infected.
How is it treated?
The early treatment of ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, will save you time and money. You can start with some at-home therapy as long as there is no infection. Foot soaks in water and foot messaging are highly recommended to relieve the inflammation and reduce the pain. For advanced cases, antibiotics or even minor surgical intervention can be recommended.
How to prevent the problem and the recurrence?
To preserve the improvement you achieved from the treatment of the ingrown toenail and prevent the recurrence of the disease or even prevent it from occurring in the first place, you should improve your foot care practices. Wearing comfortable footwear, keeping your feet clean and dry, and cutting your toenails properly without curves are helpful.
If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, contact Dr. Judd and Dr. Greene of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. Call us at (406) 206-6366 for the Bozeman, MT, office, or (406) 782-2278 for the Anaconda, and Butte, MT, offices.