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Ingrown toenail: You big toe’s worst enemy

An ingrown toenail, also called onychocryptosis, is the
result of the corner or the side of a nail growing into the toe’s flesh. The
pressure of the nail is pushing against sensitive skin. The edge of the sharp
nail breaks the skin. The most common area is on the big toe. This can happen
because a person has cut their toenails too short, wearing shoes that are very
tight and crowding the toes, or an injury to the toenail. The area becomes red,
swells, and feels very painful. It is important to wear shoes that fit properly
taking precaution before wearing shoes at all can become unbearable. Don’t pick
at the nails and be sure to have quality pedicures done. Persons who have
diabetes or poor circulation are at higher risk. Sometimes infection can take
place. The feet are warm and sweat kept inside socks and closed spaces which
makes a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Infection to the toe usually
has puss on the area. Continuing to clean the area becomes necessary.

Soaking the foot in warm water for 20 minutes can help
with an ingrown toenail. Soaking the toe and adding elevation can often times
do the trick. At home care and proactive self-care can help avoid the nails
having to be either be removed, detached, or destroying part of the nail’s
cells.  If an infection forms and is left
untreated, the underlying bone can also become infected. Making sure to keep
the toenails at a moderate length and not cutting them too short can help
prevent this problem. We don’t always check our feet, but they need attention
too. In fact, they carry our weight all day long, but we rarely look down and
hide then in socks and shoes.

This condition is very unpleasant, and athletes can be
prone to having them. The stopping and starting of the sports causes the toes
to be cramped into the shoes. Poor foot hygiene also puts one at risk. People
at higher risk already have toe deformities, bunions, or flat feet. It is common
for an ingrown toenail to reoccur if left untreated. Also, if not addressed,
the toenail can become deformed and the affected skin can become scarred.

We need our feet to transport us, so painful steps are
nothing we want to experience. Even our toes need attention and we should not
take for granted the joys of living pain free. Movement is natural medicine and
an ingrown toenail can impede this. Don’t let any type of preventable pain take
advantage or your well being.

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.