Is That A Target On Your Ingrown Toenail?
There are three causes of ingrown toenails. The first is when the nail is too wide for the nail bed. This causes the nail to grow beneath the skin on both sides. It could be painless, but when there is excess pressure on the area due to shoes or injury, the area becomes inflamed and infected.
The second cause of ingrown toenails is when the nail becomes curved. This can happen due to injury, an infection of fungus, or can naturally occur as part of the aging process. The pain from an ingrown toenail of this type is due to the pressure from the shoe driving the nail down into the skin. Persistent pressure can also cause this to become infected.
Finally an ingrown toenail problem can be caused by improperly trimming the toenail. Known as "bathroom surgery," this typically happens when someone is overzealous when trimming their toenails. Ironically, it most commonly occurs when the person is trying to avoid an ingrown toenail. The overaggressive trimming often leads to a toenail infection.
Many people are frightened about the ingrown toenail surgery, but most feel that it is something they should have not put off. It's never as bad as you remember, or certainly as bad as your friend experienced. It is a simple in-office procedure that starts with the toe being numbed (ok, that's the only part that hurts...promise). The procedure itself takes less than ten minutes and is painless. Restrictions after the surgery are minimal and most leave in their own shoes.
If you have suffered with ingrown toenails, it is time to visit us at the Ingrown Toenail Center of Houston in Tanglewood Foot Specialists. Break the cycle of pain and get the target off of your foot!