Athletics and Ingrown Toenails
Athletic individuals of all ages may complain of ingrown toenails because organized sports may cause disturbing effect on your feet. Academy Foot and Ankle helps care for all maladies resulting from recreational activity. You have to watch out for signs that may require medical attention so that foot problems will not get in the way of your games.
Ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis refers to the abnormal extension of your toenail which is pushed towards the surrounding skin. The great toenail is primarily affected by this condition. You will notice a sideways growth of the edge of your nail into the skin of your toe.
The following are the signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails often manifested on the great toenail:
· Yellow or clear drainage
Although ingrown toenails can also be caused by improper trimming, fungal infections, inappropriate shoes and trauma, it is also often associated with sports because of the pressure it causes on your foot. Examples of these types of sports include baseball, cycling, tennis, golf and winter sports.
Baseball is a team sport that requires a lot of stretching and involves foot muscles, ankles and legs. It also requires a lot of sliding and running which puts a lot of stress on the aforementioned parts. Cycling entails a lot of pressure in order to transfer your energy to the pedals for it to move. Tennis puts a lot of pressure on your feet because you are required to move from side to side on a carpeted, rubberized, concrete or asphalt flooring. Golf players also have to walk few miles within three to five hours. Your feet also support your body when you make that swing. Winter sports also create strain on your feet aggravated by the weather condition.
Rapid movements during these sports activities may irritate your nail folds and the toe’s edges. Although you can prevent ingrown toenails, you should seek the help of a podiatrist in case of infection or severe symptoms. Contactyour nearby podiatrist for more information.