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Understanding Ingrown Toenails

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Ingrown toenails are the worst. When your toenail starts to underlap the flap of skin on your toe, you can end up having a great deal of pain due to your toenail pushing against the skin. In some instances, you can actually end up developing an infection due to bacteria getting in between your nail and the skin. As a result, not only is the toe painful but now you will notice redness, swelling and even drainage due to the infection.

The best way to treat an ingrown toenail infection, and any other common nail issue, is for you to go and see your podiatrist. It is crucial that the offending nail part be removed. If the ingrown nail is causing you pain, the decision to seek medical treatment is up to you, however, it’s important to understand that an infection is always a possibility and the pain can just get worse.

Some ways to prevent this pain is by keeping your nails a bit longer so that they don’t have the option of growing into your skin. Sometimes, by having your podiatrist cut out the offending part your nail will grow back normal. However, if your nail continues to be a problem, you can get part of your nail permanently removed so that it doesn’t grow back into the corner.

If you are having a problem with your nail digging into your toe, it is important that you don’t do your own bathroom surgery. By digging in the corner, you can end up causing an infection that make matters worse than they already are. If you are having pain due to your toenail, you should go and see your podiatrist. If you live in the Middleton or Lawrence Massachusetts area and you have pain in your toe Dr. Mitchell Wachtel would love to be able to get you up and going again. Schedule an appointment today and visit him at one of his three convenient locations in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, MA. We look forward to treating you! 

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