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Healthy Foot Notes Day #2 - The Ingrown Toenail

Friday, January 19, 2024



Trivia Question❓

What common foot condition often results from improper nail trimming and tight footwear, and can sometimes require surgical treatment?

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter

I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brazil when I first noticed my toe red, swollen and painful. I had been told about ingrown toenails, but I don't remember ever having a problem before wearing dress shoes ever single day and walking for miles.  But now it was a problem and hurt like crazy. I was even limping when I walked.  

Now, I should give you background that I wasn't yet a podiatrist and even more, I had never even seen an ingrown toenail treated.  Living with the pain was not an option and I didn't trust medicine in Brazil.  What were my options?

Because I have don't "Bathroom Surgery" myself (that is what I call it when you self treat...often in the bathroom), and I have tried cutting a triangle in the tip and even putting match sticks under the nail, I wanted to find a solution for my patients that solves the problem.

After 20 years of treating ingrown toenails (usually at least one per day), I now have the best treatments, can solve your problem with minimal pain (except the numbing shot) and can usually eliminate the problem forever!  That is why we now Guarantee The Treatment!

Ingrown toenails, often brushed off as a minor nuisance, can significantly affect daily comfort and mobility. Primarily causesd by genetics (thanks mom or day), they are typically exacerbated by incorrect nail trimming or tight shoes.  But even if you do everything right you can still get ingrown toenails if you are genetically predisposed!

This condition sees the nail grow into the skin, leading to pain and potential infection. Early symptoms include redness and tenderness around the toenail. As it progresses, the infection can become more problematic.

Preventive measures are simple yet effective: trim nails straight across (and not too short), avoid tight footwear, and practice good foot hygiene.

For persistent cases, medical intervention is usually necessary, and is often simple if you go to someone that treats ingrown toenails regularly.

Remember, taking care of your toenails is not just cosmetic; it's a crucial part of your overall foot health.

Title: "Navigating the Pain of Ingrown Toenails"

Synopsis: This article explores the causes, symptoms, and treatments of ingrown toenails. It emphasizes the importance of proper foot hygiene and correct nail trimming techniques. The piece also discusses when to seek professional help and the potential complications if left untreated.

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Title: "The Role of Footwear in Preventing Ingrown Toenails"

Synopsis: This article examines how footwear impacts the development of ingrown toenails. It highlights the importance of choosing the right shoe size and style to prevent nail damage and offers tips for selecting appropriate footwear.

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Title: "Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenail Relief"

Synopsis: Focusing on home treatment options for mild ingrown toenails, this article provides practical advice on relieving discomfort and preventing infection. It includes tips on soaking, proper nail care, and when to see a doctor.

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Q: How can I tell if my ingrown toenail is infected?

A: Signs of infection include increased redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes pus around the toenail. If these symptoms are present, consult a healthcare professional.

Q: Can I treat an ingrown toenail at home, or should I always see a doctor?

A: Mild ingrown toenails can often be treated at home with proper foot hygiene and soaks in warm water and epsom salts. However, if the pain is severe or signs of infection are present, seek a foot and ankle specialist.

💡 Answer to Trivia Question:

Ingrown toenail, a condition where the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes infection.


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