Ingrown Toenail Onychocryptosis

An ingrown toenail is medically referred to as Onychocryptosis. Ingrown nails are the most common nail impairment, and are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, swelling and infection. Sometimes there may be a clear yellowish drainage, or if it becomes infected, pus drainage. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the victim of this condition, but other toes can also become affected. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet or if you suffer from nerve damage, you’re at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment & Relief:

Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. The simplest way to eliminate and avoid ingrown toenails is to properly trim your toenails. Toenails should be trimmed regularly but not cut too short. Using a safety nail clipper, cut the nails straight across, being sure that the nail corner is visible. To avoid irritating an ingrown toenail and to provide ingrown toenail relief, wear comfortable, well fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box. If the pain is severe or spreading, your podiatrist can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications of ingrown toenails. Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.

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