Why Toenails Become Ingrown and What you can do About It
by Dr. Christopher Milkie
Ingrown toenails are a real pain. Worst of all, in some individuals they can happen time and time again. Just when you think you have one cleared up, the red spot appears on your big toe; yet another ingrown toenail. You find yourself wondering, “Why do they keep coming back?!” Even if this is your first ingrown toenail, you are likely wondering why the toenail became ingrown; so are we.
Whether you have an ingrown toenail for the first time or have been getting them for years, the key to successful and lasting treatment often lies in determining the cause of the condition. Too many times, doctors are in a rush to treat a patient, take care of the problem and move on.
The trouble with this is that without knowing the root cause of the issue it can be difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the offending toenail from becoming ingrown again. While there are many causes of ingrown toenails, the most common include:
- Toenails that are unusually shaped or curved
- Cutting the nail too short
- Not cutting the nail straight across
- Wearing shoes that crowd your toes or push on your toenails
- An injury near the nail
- Frequent impact on the toe such as playing soccer or running
- Fungal infection that causes the nail to thicken or widen
After Diagnosis- Effective Treatment
Our Oak Creek, WI podiatrists are interested in providing more than a quick fix. Our mission is to not only find successful treatment options for our patients but to do our best to prevent the toenail or nails from becoming ingrown again. To do so, we have implemented the best, most modern treatments for ingrown toenails.
At the Milwaukee Foot Specialists we want to ensure that your pain goes away and stays away. If you have issues with ingrown toenails or need medical advice about any foot or ankle ailment, please call 414.257.0676 to make an appointment. Under the care of our experienced Oak Creek foot surgeons, you can rest assured that you are being treated by industry leaders in foot care.
Experience. Expertise. Exceptional care. That’s the Milwaukee Foot Specialist guarantee.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.