Foot Pain? What You Need To Know About Ingrown Toenails

Foot Pain? What You Need To Know About Ingrown Toenails

Foot pain can be one of the most unbearable types of pain.  You are on your feet a lot during the day and any uncomfortableness can be extremely unpleasant.  Ingrown toenails are one of the most common causes of foot pain.  There are more than three million cases of ingrown toenails each year and those are just the ones reported. 

Ingrown toenails are when your nail grows into the skin tissue of your foot.  It can either be the side of the nail that grows into the side of the toe skin or if your nails have a tendency to curve down your nail can grow into your skin at the top of your toe.   Sometimes ingrown toenails need to be tended to by a physician, but most of the time there are things you can do at home to take care of them.  Most of the time ingrown toenails happen on the big toe, though they can happen on any of your toes.  


Risk Factors

Foot care and grooming plays into the possibility of you getting an ingrown toenail.  You will want to make sure your toenails are trimmed.  Other factors that can cause you to be more susceptible to getting ingrown toenails are if you wear too tight of shoes a lot of the time, or if you sustain a toe injury.  A toe injury could be something like stubbing your toe, or dropping something heavy on top of your toe.  Some people have toenails that just curve in, and those people will need to make sure they keep an eye on their nail growth.  People with diabetes are at a higher risk of ingrown toenails as well. 



There are a few symptoms that go with an ingrown toenail.  Pain and tenderness on the toe that is affected are the main symptoms.  Other symptoms can include redness, and swelling.   If you experience pus draining from the spot of the ingrown toenail, increased swelling, throbbing or foul odor you will want to see a doc