Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, is a common condition where the corner or side of the nail grows into the soft flesh of the toe, resulting in pain, redness and swelling. It is usually caused by incorrect trimming of the toenail, but can also be caused by trauma, such as stubbing your toe, or wearing shoes that press too tightly against the toenails.
Fortunately, there are several treatments available for ingrown toenails. Home treatments such as soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt can help reduce inflammation and pain, as can applying a warm compress to the affected area. For more severe cases, your doctor may recommend oral or topical antibiotics, or even surgical removal of the ingrown portion of the toenail.
To help prevent ingrown toenails, it is important to practice good foot hygiene. Trim your toenails straight across and avoid cutting them too short. Make sure your shoes fit properly and are not too tight or too loose. Wear protective footwear to prevent stubbing your toes, and avoid running or exercising on hard surfaces.
If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, it is best to see your doctor. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can cause serious complications, such as infection, which can lead to more serious health issues. Your doctor can provide the best treatment plan to help get rid of the ingrown toenail and prevent it from coming back.