Your big toe is red to the touch. Could it possibly be an ingrown toenail? Stubbing your toe or other injuries can lead to an ingrown toenail but it also can result from toenails that are not trimmed properly.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the it. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected. Your toe will puss or can form an abscess that requires prompt medical attention.

big_toe1Some facts about ingrown toenails:

  • They are most common in young adults.
  • They usually occur in the big toe.
  • If left untreated, they can become infected and cause pain.

Ingrown toenails occur due to a number of causes, including:

  • Heredity
  • A fungal infection in the toe
  • Repetitive sports injuries bunions, etc) causing abnormal gait.
  • Trimming the toenail with a rounded edge, rather than straight across

If you have redness and swelling or fever or if the condition becomes more painful, infection might be present. A for evaluation and treatment. If you’re concerned that you have an ingrown nail, schedule an appointment.

anaBy Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC

In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments. Most of us will encounter a problem at one time or another, so read and learn! If you’re in pain, or suffer from any of the ensuing conditions, call Anamelva today!