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Monday 23 October 2017

Ingrown toenails: how you can treat and prevent them

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an ingrown toenail seems like such a small thing, yet the pain can literally stop you in your tracks. Especially when running or any impact sport.

The pain gets worse as the nail grows inwards towards the outside of the skin, where it usually is tender to touch, and may become inflamed and swollen.

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail is when a nail, usually on the big toe, is pushed into the soft tissue along the outside of the toe.

Athletes who spend a lot of time wearing tight shoes, or those who are involved in sports, ie sprinting, or hard running, putting a lot of heavy pressure on the big toe, are prime candidates for ingrown toenails.

One frequent cause is from cutting the nail too close to the skin. The nail then grows inwards, pushing out to the side of the big toe.

Trying to remove this small piece of nail can often make the situation worse. And also may cause infection. Just ask any long distance runner how painful it is.

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Even when the toe has padding, it can still be very sore. It is very important to have this problem sorted quickly. If left untreated it can lead to more pain and discomfort.

You may also find your back can get sore, as you instinctively lean to one side when walking to take the pressure off your foot. So when infection sets in, it's time to go to the chiropodist.

Most ingrown toenail problems can be sorted with over the counter remedies from your local pharmacist.

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