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Where Does an Ingrown Nail Come From?

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How to Avoid Ingrown Toenails

There are a number of gyms and fitness centers in the North Andover, MA area, many with trainers who can help you lose those extra winter pounds. Be careful with the weights, though. If you’ve ever dropped a kettlebell on your foot at the gym, you know how badly it hurts!  What you might not know is that it could result in an ingrown toenail.  This condition is not only painful, but can also lead to the spread of infection and other nasty things we would like to avoid. 

Usually when an ingrown nail appears we don’t give much thought to what caused it.  There are a number of different reasons for the nail to grow into the soft tissue surrounding it.  Wearing shoes that are too tight, dropping a heavy item on your foot, not cutting your nail straight across, and not practicing good hygiene are just a few of the contributing factors.

Treating an ingrown toenail is usually pretty simple and can be done at home with ease.  Try soaking your feet in warm water up to three times a day and then very gently push the softened skin away from the nail.  You may also (under a doctor’s care) try taking over-the-counter pain reliever.  If these home remedies don’t work, then it may be time to go see your podiatrist.  Surgery to remove the toenail may be required if the condition has progressed to a very severe level.

If you have an ingrown nail or other foot problem, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM today at (978) 794-8406 and schedule an appointment at one of our Massachusetts offices.  Don’t suffer the unnecessary pain any longer; let us help get your feet back to health.

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