Ingrown toenails are common in people with diabetes. This is because Diabetes can damage the nerves and decrease blood flow to the feet. Improper foot care may result in amputation. Ingrown toenails should be taken care of immediately because it can cause an infection. If you have Diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation, you are at risk of developing a serious infection that can spread to the body.
Proper care includes washing and drying of feet daily. You should also check your feet every day. Check for cracked skin, blisters, cuts, redness, tenderness, corns, and calluses. Especially watch out for ingrown toenails. Take care of your nails by cutting them after bathing when they are soft. Avoid cutting into the corners of the toes. Instead, trim straight across then smooth the edges with a nail file. This will prevent the nail from growing into the skin.
It is also important to protect your feet with shoes and socks. Avoid shoes with high heels and pointed toes. Also avoid tight fitting of improper fitting shoes. Don’t go barefoot or wear shoes that leave your toes and heels unprotected. This will leave your feet vulnerable to injury and infections. Change your socks daily or when your feet get sweaty – this also prevents fungal infections.
Ingrown toenails are the leading cause of diabetic foot infections and amputation. When an ingrown toenail is left untreated, it may lead to a more serious bacterial infection. Prompt and early treatment for an ingrown toenail is essential for people with diabetes. Don’t try to treat it on your own. It should be handled by a foot doctor, otherwise known as a podiatrist. They have the proper tools to remove the ingrown toenail and can advise you proper after care.
If you have an ingrown toenail, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists. We have same day appointments available at over 75 clinics nationwide, including The Woodlands, TX.