bryce-harperMLB player Bryce Harper was hampered by a painful ingrown toenail, leaving him unable to participate in the recent game against the Chicago Cubs.
Although Harper had to go through a painful procedure, the injury is not expected to hold him back for long according to manager Davey Johnson. Within the past few days the outfielder’s toe has shown some improvement and doctors expect him to return to the field soon. Harper is best known for being a player for the Washington Nationals with the best and most consistent hitting record all season.
If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.
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
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.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.
If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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