A toenail that grows into the skin of your toe can easily become infected, in addition to being painful. It is never a good idea to try to dig the nail out of your skin yourself, as this can result in an infection leading into the bone. If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists can treat the nail and any underlying fungus.
What causes ingrown toenail
It may be hereditary. So if your parents have ingrown toenails, you may be susceptible to them as well. Other common causes of it include:
- Improper posture leading to pressure on your toes
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes
- Toe injuries
- Curved toenails
- Cutting your toenails in a round shape
- Certain sports/athletics (ballet, kickboxing, basketball, soccer, kickball)
Symptoms of an Infected Ingrown Toenail
If you leave an ingrown toenail infected, you may begin to experience a variety of symptoms such as:
- Swollen skin near the toenail
- Fluid buildup in the toe
- Overgrown skin
If you experience any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail, it’s important to see a top Ohio podiatrist. If the infection is not treated it can lead to a serious infection in your bone. Contact Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists today for an appointment.