Ingrown Toe Nails
Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail grows into the toe rather than over it, and often affects the big toe. At Southwest Foot and Ankle Center, we understand that anyone can develop ingrown toenails. Our podiatry care team can diagnose and effectively treat ingrown toenails, as well as a variety of foot and ankle ailments. We offer convenient medical and surgical facilities in Lewisville, Plano and Irving TX.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails is simply cutting your toenails too short. People with curved or thick toenails are also likely to develop ingrown toenails. In some cases the condition is congenital, such as toenails that simply are too large. People who have curling toes, either from genetics or arthritis, are also prone to ingrown toenails. Often, trauma can cause a piece of the nail to be jammed into the skin. Repeated impact, such as the pounding to which runners typically subject their feet, also can cause ingrown nails.
The most common cause is cutting your toenails incorrectly, causing them to re-grow into the skin. Tight hosiery or shoes with narrow toe boxes can only make matters worse. If the skin is red, painful or swollen on the sides of the nail, an infection may be present. This occurs because the ingrown nail is often in a warm, moist and bacteria-rich environment. In either case, the infection needs to be cured with sterile instruments and antibiotics.
Schedule an Appointment
Our podiatry professionals and leading podiatrist and foot surgeon Dr. Reza Mobarak can provide treatment to relieve toe pain caused by ingrown toenails. Simply contact us, or call for an appointment in Lewisville at 972-318-2738, in Plano 972-805-9985 or in Irving at 972-318-2655.