An ingrown toenail may seem like a minor foot ailment for many, but for diabetic patients, they can cause additional concerns. It can also be a chronic problem for some patients, causing almost daily discomfort. Know what to do about ingrown toenails and get help from a podiatrist at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO.
What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
Normally, toenails grow away from the skin, making it easy for you to clip them for maintenance. But in some cases, they tend to grow into the skin eventually causing wounds that could become infected. This is called an ingrown toenail, and it is one of the most common foot-related conditions that diabetic patients and their podiatrists are concerned about.
The Cause of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are most often caused by clipping the nails incorrectly. When they are cut too low, the skin is exposed, may expand with heat, and the nails are more likely to grow into the soft skin tissue. Ingrown toenails can also be caused by wearing shoes that pinch the toes. Patients who have a family history of this problem, or who have poorly formed feet, may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails.
What to Do About Ingrown Toenails
If you are a diabetic patient, it is particularly important that you watch your feet and lower extremities. An ingrown toenail can be a minor bother for some patients, but uncontrolled diabetes could complicate the healing process and put the foot at risk if there is an infected wound. This is what you should do to prevent and manage ingrown toenails:
- Wear shoes that allow plenty of room for your toes in the front (wiggle room).
- Check your feet daily for ingrown toenails and other wounds, and see your podiatrist immediately if you notice redness and inflammation.
- Visit your Denver, CO podiatrist to have your nails properly clipped if you’re having frequent problems with your nails.
Get Professional Foot Care
Sometimes you need professional help with an ingrown toenail to ensure that it doesn’t become a chronic, painful problem. Call 303-321-4477 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Eric Jaakola or Dr. Anna Weber at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO.