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and in some cases, there is a formation of pus. The doctors of podiatric medicine, Dr. Sheth, Dr. Meltzer and Dr. Elardo at Foot and Ankle Associates in Los Gatos, California offer detailed care and accurate diagnosis with professional advice.
|Do you have pain in your toes that has resulted from an ingrown toenail? As a very common occurrence, an ingrown toenail causes pain, discomfort and in some cases infection results. Known as onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail applies pressure in the nail fold site and causes pain. If the nail has sunk or has penetrated deeply, the edge of the nail cannot be seen and besides being painful, the toe will become inflamed, red|
Some of the causes of onychocryptosis may be attributed to the shape of a nail. Nails that curve at the sides are called incurvated nails and there are nails that have a flat surface. Incorrect cutting of incurvated nails often leads to ingrown toenails. Being more vertical than horizontal in nature nails that curve inward if trimmed too far at the sides may be the cause of an ingrown toenail. Other influences may be congenital or due to the pressure of the shoe or any trauma to the area. Tight footwear, incorrect cutting of the nail, pressure from the next toe or a fleshy toe are other causes that contribute to an ingrown toenail. The podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates deploy quality treatment and total foot care to see that their patients lead comfortable lifestyles.
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As there are many causes to ingrown toenails or onychocryptosis, it is necessary for self-treatment. Patients with this problem should adhere to the fact that nails should be cut straight across without trimming the sides of the nails. Shoes and socks that are too tight should not be worn. Nails should not be cut in a V as the nail grows from the base and results in an ingrown nail. The podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates would advise that feet should be kept clean and patients with diabetes or poor circulation should not be allowed to do self-management for an infected ingrown toenail.
Offering timely diagnosis and accurate care of feet and foot related problems, Dr. Sheth, Dr. Meltzer and Dr. Elardo at Foot and Ankle Associates in Los Gatos offer podiatric treatment for cases with onychocryptosis or ingrown toenails. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Associates deploy careful treatment with antibiotics and in cases where it is uncomfortable or painful for the patient, the podiatrists use a painless method of removing the spike or the corner of the nail. If the case is not too severe, the podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates deploy the usage of an antiseptic dressing for a short period of time till the wound heals or if the problem is ongoing, the doctors at the clinic in Los Gatos use a conservative approach to heal the injured area. If the ingrown toenail causes severe repercussions, the podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates would consider removing a part of the nail or if the nail is curved, then the entre nail may have to be removed. The doctors at the clinic in Los Gatos would advise rest and elevation of the foot with restriction of any hectic schedules or activities. The podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates educate and advise their patients on caring for injured or affected feet.
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