EVER feel a sharp pain at the corners of your big toe? Take a peek at your digits.
If the edges of your nail are pushing — if not growing! — into the skin, then that’s probably an ingrown nail bothering you.
A mild case of ingrown nail can cause the skin next to the nail to become tender or hard, which is painful when pressure is applied. An ingrown is not eventually going to burrow clean through your toe, but if it gets infected, then it could bleed, ooze pus, cause constant pain, and might even lead to some freaky skin overgrowth.
Ingrowns typically occur on your big toe because the skin is chunky up there but it could also happen on the others. Common reasons include:
But, real talk, if your ingrown is bad enough to bother you constantly, the best bet is to visit a podiatrist (that’s a foot doctor, fam) for a proper treatment aka surgical nail removal or narrowing and it could cost from P3,000 to P5,000 depending on your doctor. Afterwards, you need to stick to open shoes/tsinelas for a few days but live blissfully pain-free afterwards.
Cutting it yourself doesn’t help so much since nails have a tendency to grow back the same way, and considering the amount of time we spend on our feet, you don’t want a chronic problem down there!
This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Spin.ph editors.