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Ingrown Toenails Saint John NB

Ingrown toenails are painful but many of us in Saint John have grown up with an unhealthy fear of them. Our mothers usually had a doom and gloom approach to toenail cutting that has been passed down through generations. This article discusses the most common warnings our moms gave and determines if they were correct.

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Ingrown Toenails

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Mom's Four Warnings About Ingrown Toenails Exposed

Author: Dr Andrew Schneider

An ingrown toenail occurs when the sides or corners of the nail embed themselves into the surrounding skin. This causes them to become red, inflamed, and painful when there is pressure applied. The toenail can become infected if left untreated. Treating ingrown toenails is best handled by your podiatrist. The pain relief is dramatic and immediate!

1. "If you don't cut your nails, you'll get ingrown toenails." Sorry mom, but long toenails usually don't cause them to become ingrown. Most ingrown nails occur when the nail plate is too wide for the nail bed, so it is not the length, but the width that we're most concerned with. Inflammation is caused by the pressure of tight shoes. I will say that some people's toenails do grow with a downward curve. In those cases, growing nails long can cause them to be embedded into the end of the toe.

3. "Cutting a 'V' into the nail will prevent ingrown toenails." This is my favorite of mom-isms when it comes to ingrown toenails. I continue to be amazed that kids today are still told this. The theory is that the groove in the nail will let the center compress and relieve the pressure on the toe. Think in terms of a pressure grate on a bridge or road. The grate protects the pavement from cracking when the temperature changes, causing expansion and contraction. It just doesn't translate to a toenail, however.

So, based on my findings, mom is batting .500...not so shabby! When all else fails, all you need is some simple common sense. And, of course, if you feel any pain or see any redness, bleeding, or pus, be sure to visit your podiatrist right away.


About the Author:

Tanglewood Foot Specialists is a recognized center of excellence in Houston, TX known for the evaluation and treatment of all injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. Dr. Andrew Schneider is the medical director of the practice and personally assures that each patient has the time and attention he deserves. For more information and many informative videos, or to order his Free book on foot pain, visithttp://www.tanglewoodfootspecialists.com and his blog at http://tanglewoodfootspecialists.blogspot.com

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