Ingrown ToenailLawrence Tynes, kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had to have surgery in July to fix an ingrown toenail. A short while later he discovered his toe had an MRSA infection. MRSA is a bacterium that enters the body through lesions in the skin.

The Buccaneers didn’t see themselves as accountable for the infection and put Tynes on the non-football injury list instead of the regular one, costing him a year of earnings for his retirement pension. But other Bucs players had MRSA as well. Since the bacteria are often transmitted in training facilities, Tynes believes his toe infection may have originated there.

Ingrown toenails can get infected if not cared for. If you need help dealing with an ingrown toenail, contact a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can instruct you on how to care for your condition and minimize your pain.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.


There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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