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The Doctors share a video of “Miss Foot Fixer,” podiatrist Marion Yau, carving out an area in a man’s toe to drain puss and remove an ingrown toenail. Her patient had an extreme case of an all too common condition! Want to avoid an ingrown toenail? Here’s how!
Dr. Yau says ingrown toenails are caused in many ways including wearing pointy shoes or if there is trauma to the nail. How you cut your nail is also very important. In this case, the man cut his nail and missed a portion so as the nail grew out, it pierced into the skin causing the ingrown. “It was so bad when I removed the tissue that was causing the puss to get trapped and also cutting the nail back there was a massive hole,” Dr. Yau says.
The proper way to cut your toenails is to cut straight across and to make sure no pieces are missing. If you get a pedicure, tell them to not round your nails!
Dr. Yau explains once you have an ingrown toenail, you are likely to get another and if they become infected, they won’t heal themselves. You may need antibiotics or in some extreme cases surgery.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says he wears wide toe box shoes and to avoid ingrown toenails, you may want to do the same!