Ingrown Toenails

Summary of Chapter 18

Success in life is about placing one foot in front of the other, enjoying the journey, and having no expectations about the outcome.– Dr. Suzanne Levine

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Ingrown Toenails

Maggie, a 39-year-old magazine editor, had a pedicure at an upscale nail salon. Though she left with perfectly polished pink toes, unbeknownst to her, she also left with an ingrown toenail that would become infected. A few days later, her big toe started to throb. She soaked it in warm water and applied Bacitracin, an over-the-counter antibiotic. Her toe didn’t get better, but it didn’t get much worse until about four months later when Maggie noticed red, swollen tissue coming out of the area where the nail was infected. Finally, she sought help from a dermatologist who did a biopsy. The results revealed that she had a pyogenic granuloma (small, raised, red bumps on the skin).

Formally known as onychocryptosis, an ingrown toenail is one of the most common nail issues. It typically occurs on the big toe, but all toes are at risk. In severe situations, an ingrown toenail can make it painful to walk and if you suffer from any condition that causes circulation problems, such as diabetes, an ingrown toenail can turn into a more serious situation and therefore you must consult your doctor.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses:

  • What is an ingrown toenail?
  • What causes an ingrown toenail?
  • How do you treat an ingrown toenail?
  • How can you prevent ingrown toenails?
  • Real Patient Recap: Maggie learns the hard way that early and correct treatment would have prevented nearly a year of pain and expense. YIKES.

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