Looking after your feet is very important as they take you from here to there and haul you through thousands of daily steps. But what could have been so hard if your lovely feet had a common foot problem such as ingrown toenails? Ingrown toenails pain can make your life hard, preventing you from walking and standing.
Aningrowntoenail develops when the edge of your nail grows into your skin instead of over it. It usually affects the big toe. Ingrown toenails are a common foot condition and don’t usually pose a health risk to people.Athletesandpeople at higher risk, including adolescents and those with diabetes and infection around the nail, can get ingrown toenails.
There are many possiblecauses of getting ingrown nails:
You can diagnose an ingrown toenail based on the symptoms and your toe's appearance. Ingrown toenails can be painful, and they usually worsen in stages.
Early-stage symptoms include:
If your toe gets infected, the symptoms may include:
If you developed symptoms for in-grown toenails, you should see a professional podiatrist or a GP, as this can lead to a serious problem and might affect the bone in your toe. Your doctor might prescribe you an antibiotic or require ingrown toenail surgery if it's severe.
While waiting for an appointment with a podiatrist/GP, here are ways to manage pain at home and avoid worsening symptoms:
You canprevent ingrown toenails by making several simple changes to your lifestyle.
At The Nail Bar, we could not treat ingrown toenails as it requires a higher level of expertise. However, we encourage you to attend a regularpedicure as our nail technicians can help you identify early symptoms, hence recommending early interventions.