Not the most glamorous injury, but ingrown toenails are easily one of the more common and painful foot problems around.
Also known as onychocryptosis, there are a variety of ways an athlete could suffer from the problem.
Excessive pressure on the outside of the great toe, stubbing or having a toe stepped on, tight socks and shoes, even improper trimming of your nails can cause ingrown toenails.
The pain isn’t easy to deal with, as a soccer player is usually always on their feet.
With rugby, soccer, netball and tennis being a dynamic sport of rapid acceleration and changes in direction, kicking a ball, or landing on the toes with an ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful.
Along with soreness and sensitivity along the margins of the toenails, bacteria and fungi can easily infect the skin.
The foot’s warm and moist environment is a great breeding ground for a variety of infections.
The Podiatrist can treat an infected ingrown toenail immediately. Signs include a discoloured toe with discharge (watery, blood, pus). Any attempts at “home surgery” should not be attempted.
To prevent ingrown toenails, you want to protect the feet from trauma, avoid poorly fitting socks and shoes (too tight or too loose), and always make sure to trim your nails straight across with clippers to a comfortable length on a regular basis.
If uninfected, treat the feet by soaking them in either salt or warm soapy water. Drying them thoroughly, applying a mild antiseptic solution, and bandaging the toe will make a difference.
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Posted on March 16, 2012, in What is a Podiatrist, Your feet and tagged bacteria, blood, Caron Orelowitz, discharge, feet, Foot, Fungus, Hallux, Health, infected toenails, Infection, Ingrown nail, Ingrown toenail, Nail (anatomy), Nails, pain, podiatry, pus, redness, sore feet, sulcus, swelling, The Podiatrist, toenails. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.